OK so these are a favorite of mine
they call for nuts grrrrrr
which means if I make them
I’ll be the only one eating them
as 2 of the kids have nut allergies
but tada…substitutes work in this recipe!
so here is the recipe
and my substitutes will follow in bold
11/2 cups whole-unblanched, unsalted almonds( 3/4 cup wheat germ, or oat bran or ground unsalted raw shelled pumpkin seeds)
3/4 cup honey
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp brandy
4 cups of sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup powder sugar
3 tbsp water
Grind almonds(or measure out the wheat germ, or the oat bran, or grind the shelled pumpkin seeds) finely in blender
Pour brandy and lemon juice over the almonds(or wheat germ, or oatbran, or pumpkin seeds) and lemon peel
In a saucepan, bring honey, and granulated sugar just to boiling, stirring the whole time – do not boil
Set aside to cool for 10 minutes
Stir in the lemon juice mixture
In a large bowl
sift flour with salt, baking soda and spices.
make a well in the middle of the dry mixture
pour the honey mixture into the well you just made
Work it together
it will be very stiff! VERY
Preheat oven to 350 the powder sugar and the 3 tbsp water
get ready and mix together
Divide dough into 4 parts, wrap 3 in plastic wrap so they don’t dry out
roll out 1 part between 2 sheets of wax paper to a 6×8 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick
Bake on a parchment paper lined pan for about 10 minutes or just till golden.
as soon as they come out of the oven use a pastry brush to coat the top of each with a thin layer of the powder sugar mixture
take off pan and allow to cool
repeat with each of the parts of dough
ok so I didn’t use parchment in the picture but usually…I do!
using the wax paper….USE IT!
the dough is stiff…but very sticky as well
roll it out between two sheets of wax paper
then peel of one layer of wax paper
turn it over onto a fresh sheet of wax paper then
peel off the other layer of wax paper
then using a pizza cutter slice the dough into strips
sounds time consuming but goes fast when you ger in the groove
this dough can also be rolled out and then cut out with cookie cutters!
and did you notice the only substitute was for nuts the recipe already does not call for eggs or dairy!