The world's most awesomest gingerbread
Knowing a lot about Sweden and Swedish culture has its perks. For example a few years ago, when I - actually researching something for my Bachelor thesis - stumbled upon this gingerbread recipe and decided to make it ASAP (any excuse not to study, am I right?!). I made some for my mum, who is extremely picky about these things, but loved them. Right then, I knew I had a winner on my hands.
2,5 dl sugar
1,5 dl syrup (again, I use the Swedish version of syrup, since it doesn't exist in Germany. If you don't have any, you can just as well use honey. It won't the change the taste significantly and it's easily available pretty much everywhere)
7,5 dl flour
lemon zest of two organic lemons
2 Tbl. cinnamon
1 Tbl. ground cloves
1 Tbl. ginger (preferably fresh)
1 Tbl. cardamum
1 Tbl. baking powder
Put the butter, the syrup (honey respectively) and the sugar in a pot and melt everything over medium low heat. When the sugar has dissolved into the mass, take the pot off the heat, let it cool off for a few minutes and then add the spices. Mix the flour and the baking powder. Slowly add it to the buttery stuff you have in the pot. Knead thoroughly (stir respectively. Sometimes the butter is still so liquid that the dough is quite runny. Not to worry, simply stir until your arms give out.). Make sure there aren't any lumps! You can add sliced almonds, although that isn't a must. Finally shape the dough into rolls and wrap them into ceran wrap (or tin foil, if you are as unorganised as I am and don't have any ceran wrap left). Put them into the fridge for at least 24 hours before you process the dough any further.
Bake them for 7 minutes at 200°C, until they are slightly brown on the upside.
I usually make a large batch of dough in the beginning of december and shape most of it into rolls. Wrapped in ceran wrap, those babies stay fresh until Christmas. And if you get spontaneous visits from hungry people, you can simply chop one of the rolls up, shove it into the oven and 10 minutes later your entire flat smells like Christmas and you can stuff your faces with yummy yummy gingerbread. Christmas awesomeness.