After I shared a recipe for cheese blintzes recently, the one my mom used to bake from, I thought I’d kick off a new series on the blog, featuring our own classic recipes – ones that have been passed on from generations, or remind us of home and family, or just “old favourites”.
Laura-Kim Le Roux, an incredible mom of four, avid baker, blogger at Harassed Mom, and with a huge “can do” attitude, shared this recipe for biscuits called Hilda Gebäck.
Says Laura: “This recipe has a very special story. It was given to my mom by the mother of her sister in law. She was a little round German lady who spoke very little English but could bake like nothing you’ve ever seen before. When we went there, it was like visiting a bakery!
She used to bake these at Christmas and when she died, my mom just carried on making them. It is now a thing that happens every year at Christmas, regardless of whether or not we’re all together for the holidays.”
Grated rind of ½ a lemon
150g butter (must be proper butter)
1 tablespoon rum
Icing sugar mixed with water
- Sieve the flour and Maizena onto a clean surface
- Make a hole in the centre of the flour
- Add the sugar, egg and lemon rind
- Add the rum
- Cut the butter into small pieces and spread over the mixture
- Mix well with your hands, and refrigerate for an hour
- Roll the dough and cut into shapes using a flower cookie cutter
- Cut a hole in the centre of half the shapes
- Bake at 220C for 8 minutes
- Cool and then sandwich with jam, and spread icing sugar over the top
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