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About this recipe: Nutty and spicy European style biscuit treats with a masculine twist.

zooooo Cardiganshire, Wales, UK

Makes: 15 

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 200ml runny honey
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons plum jam
  • 150g plain chocolate, in chunks
  • 2 tablespoons sieved icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:15min preserving  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices together in a bowl. Heat the honey and butter gently in a small pan until the butter melts. Cool till only just warm, then beat in the egg. Add the honey mixture to the spiced flour and mix well to form a dough. Chill.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 C / gas 4 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  3. Shape the dough into balls about 2.5cm in diameter and arrange on the sheet. Bake on a greased tray at 180 C for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen. Cool.
  4. Cut the tops off. Put a little jam inside, then replace the tops. Melt the plain chocolate. Dip the jam-filled Pfefferneuse into the chocolate until completely covered. Leave to dry on greaseproof paper.
  5. Mix about the icing sugar with 4 tablespoons water to form a thin glaze. Use this to ice the remaining biscuits, and leave to dry on greaseproof paper.

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