Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Vanillekipferl - a very traditional christmas biscuit

There is no family without his own, very special recipe for Vanillekipferl. And I can´nt remember any Vanillekipflerl that tastes like the other. Even if the recipe used is the same, the result is never the same. I don´nt know what´s the reason for... the nuts used... the storage... the oven.... But also the shape differs: small or a little bit bigger, thin or thick, pale or little bit darker... Better to use almonds or walnuts or hazelnuts or a nutmix? However there is no Christmas without those Biscuits. And here is my very special recipe for the Vanillekipferl of my family. You need:
For the dough 
- 200 g Butter
- 250 g Flour
- 100 g fine ground Walnuts
- 70 g icing Sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Vanillasugar
For dusting:
- 2 Tbsp. Vanillasugar
- 150 g Icing sugar
To prepare:
1. Crumble butter and flour and add quickly the rest of the ingredients until all is well combined
2. Reserve in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Take the chilled dough out and form rolls with the fingertips and then small corns. Place on a oven tray armed with parchement paper.
3. Place in the 180 C preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes. The corns should stay pale.
4. Mix together in a plate icing sugar and vanillasugar. Let cool down the corns only for a few minutes. Then turn them, still warm, in the sugarmix to be covered with sugar all over. Be aware: they break easily.

When completely cooled down, put them in some storage-container. They will be better after some days... so try to be patient...
You even may reserve the Vanillekipferl in some airtight container for some weeks. But who wants to reserve them? Christmas is now, is´nt it?


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