40 min

    Nutty and spicy European style biscuit treats with a masculine twist.

    Cardiganshire, Wales, UK
    1 person made this

    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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