Ok, Ok, I know. I should not go around making statements like the one I have just made. I promised to Santa to be lagom this year. Lagom means just right in Swedish, and underlies how Swedes strive to avoid excess and particularly to avoid overstatements. So I hope Santa won’t deny me a present this Christmas, when I say that these cookies are, truly, without a doubt, and undeniably, the best Swedish ginger cookies I have ever tasted. And even more so knowing that in the ingredients there wasn’t just the usual granny-tested white sugar+syrup+white flour+butter+spice. Nope. There was much more than that, including some seriously nourishing and big time tasty additions.
How did I ended up modifying the time tested recipe for pepparkakor? Let’s see… the first years I was in Sweden I learned to like these little brown hearts which go so well with herborinated cheeses (try to believe!). Then two years ago I dared buying the batter already made and just shaped and baked it. Last year, I finally gathered all of my strength and made them from scratch. And that was the end of it. I mean… the end of me wanting to eat more than two or three pepparkakor per holidays season. Why is that? Well, once I saw what was in the cookies, I just could not make myself appreciate them as much as before. I could just taste the sugar and ended up throwing away most of the batch baked last year.
So this time I decided to make not just any pepparkakor but my pepparkakor. Twisting the recipe in a way that the taste and consistency would have remained the same (or even improved) and making these cookies into something I can actually be ok eating often during the holidays season (scroll down for the recipe – ricetta anche in italiano).
MIN NYTTIGA PEPPARKAKOR – MY HEALTHIER SWEDISH GINGER COOKIES – I MIEI BUONI E SANI BISCOTTI ALLE SPEZIE
You need / Ti servono:
212 g organic all-purpose flour / 212 g farina 00
100 g organic oat flour / 100 g farina di avena
30 g organic coconut flour / 30 g farina di cocco
30 g organic almond flour / 30 g farina di mandorle
60 g organic unsalted walnuts butter / 60 g burro di noci
90 unsalted butter / burro
45 g organic coconut palm sugar / 45 g zucchero di palma di cocco
70 g organic unrefined sugar / 70 g zucchero integrale
1 tablespoon organic barley malt syrup / 1 cucchiaio malto d’orzo
1 tablespoon organic acacia honey / 1 cucchiaio miele d’acacia
1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger / 1 cucchiaino e ½ zenzero macinato
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon / 1 cucchiaio cannella macinata
1 ½ teaspoon ground clove / 1 cucchiaino e ½ chiodi di garofano macinati
1 teaspoon cardamom / 1 cucchiaino cardamomo macinato
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda / 1 cucchiaino e ½ bicarbonato di sodio
100 g water / 100 g acqua
1 teaspoon instant coffee / 1 cucchiaino caffe’ istantaneo
How to / Come fare:
-dissolve the coffee (you can use caffeine-free) in the water / sciogli il caffe’ nell’acqua
-combine the spices together in a little bowl / combina le spezie
-throw everything including all the other ingredients in a large bowl / combina tutti gli ingredienti
-use a wooden spoon then your hands to make a smooth dough / fai un impasto liscio
-make a ball out of the dough, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate / refrigera
-the day after roll the dough as thin as you can without breaking it / il giorno dopo stendi l’impasto sottile
-bake at 180 degrees (Celsius, 356 Fahrenheit) for 11-12 minutes / cuoci a 180 gradi per 11-12 minuti
-they last 1 month in an airtight container / si mantengono 1 mese in un contenitore ben chiuso
CONSIDERATIONS: These cookies are the proof that traditional recipes (which often belong to a time when refined sugar and flours were already available) can be made closer to our, even more recently acquired, taste for healthy food WITHOUT losing their character in terms of appearance, taste, and fragrance. In this regard Santa will maybe agree with me and forgive my over-confident, self-celebrating, statements… I could have gone 100% sugar-free or 100% bla bla all the way and made these cookies into something that would not have resembled the original AT ALL. Nope. I have been lagom. Now where is my present?
With this picture I participate to, den här bilden är med och tävlar på, Matgeek – Månadens Matbild