Nov 11, 2010

Vanilla Love Knots

These 'love knots' are an integral component of the traditional German Christmas Cookie plate!  They taste of deliciously of vanilla and are a nice contrast to the other Christmas biscuits that are all rich and spicey!  Although they are quite time-consuming, the recipe for the dough itself is easy and the end result is definitely worth it.

Vanille Brezeln

375 g cake flour
150 g vanilla sugar
3 egg yolks
150 g butter
3 T milk
2 t baking powder
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Create a well in the middle, to which you add the sugar, egg and milk.  Gradually incorporate the flour into the mixture in the middle.  Cut the butter into blocks and knead into the mixture to form a nice firm dough.  Wrap in plastic wrap or place in a container and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.

Roll out pieces approximately the width and length of a pencil. Fold into the 'pretzel' shape and place on the baking tray.  Bake for 15 minutes.

For the glaze: mix 100 g icing sugar with a bit of brandy or rum and the seeds of 1 vanilla pod.  Once the biscuits have cooled, dip them into the glaze and place on a cooling rack to dry.

And then.... enjoy all your hard work!!  These are best enjoyed with a fresh cup off coffee or a fresh glass of egg nog! 

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