How did I not know about Pepparkakor!
Whilst munching on ginger snaps, my friend cracked hers in her hand and said
“oh I didn’t get to make a wish”.
…puzzled… I then had to know what she meant. After a quick conversation and a Google search I was quick to learn that Pepparkakor is a traditional Swedish festive treat, baked with dark flavoursome spices and rolled nice and thin for that lovely crisp snap. Pepparkakor is an integral part of the Christmas feast in Sweden and is also used to decorate their Christmas trees, often iced with decorative patterns and images.
Swedish customs says you should place the Pepparkakor in the palm of your hand and press it with your thumb. If the biscuit breaks into 3 you get to make a wish!
So I get to eat biscuits AND make wishes!
All my dreams had come true!
I simply HAD to make some!
My children were so excited that we were making a wishing biscuit that all 3 decided they wanted to take some to school so ALL their classmates could try the custom too.
Overall we made around 90 biscuits in a very short time, so easy to make and beautiful and crisp, it’s ridiculously hard to resit eating them as soon as they come out of the oven!
The recipe for Pepparkakor is right here if you want to try it.
Pre heat oven to FAN 180
Line several large baking sheets with greaseproof paper
300g Caster Sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
450g plain flour
2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of ginger (more if you really like ginger!)
2 teaspoons of ground cloves (we omitted these as no body likes them in our house!)
In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar.
Stir in the egg and syrup.
Sift together the flour, spices and bicarb and add to the mixture.
Roll into a dough.
Roll out till its approx 0.25cm thick and cut into shapes using a cutter.
Place on baking tray and bake for approx 20 minutes or until flat, dark and crisp.
Cool on cooling rack until cold and store in air tight container.
May I suggest a lovely stroll, on a long winding path, surrounded by trees whispering in their branches, a river gently ebbing and flowing, a pocket full of wishing biscuits and a loved one by your side, break the biscuits and wish for your future adventures.