Gingerbread Cookies - A Long Tradition
My home country is well known for homemade embellished gingerbread cookies called 'medovniky' ('med' stands for honey) made always before Christmas. Gingerbread, known as 'libum', were baked already in ancient Rome and in the 15th century, the tradition spread throughout Europe. In Slovakia, my home-country, some wooden forms used for gingerbread baking are 200 years old and mostly featured Saints as St.Nicholas and common objects. Although my family has been using wheat flour as a base for decades, I use spelt flour in the recipe. These cookies are made together as a family, my kids are literally waking up at 7 in the morning just to make them. Well, they really must be enjoying it, right?
Homemade Gingerbread Cookies
600 g spelt flour 100 g organic sugar 200 g honey 150 g grass-fed butter 3 organic eggs 5 tsp of combination of gingerbread spices - I use cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, star anise
2 tsp baking soda
1. Put sugar, honey, spices, butter and baking soda into a bowl and heat in a double boiler until dissolved.
2. Set aside and add flour.
3. Mix with your hands until you get a nice elastic dough.
4. Wrap the dough in a foil or wrap and let rest in the fridge overnight.
5. Before cutting out shapes, let the dough rest at a room temperature for one hour.
6. Bake at 180 C for 10 to 12 minutes.