It's December and it's time to get festive. Here at Changing the Menu HQ that means X-mas music, X-mas films, and..... X-mas (you guessed it) food.
The ultimate christmas treat for us must be pepperkaker, and through plenty of experimentation and testing of various flour combos Ive finally reached what can only be called: The Ultimate Pepperkake Recipe! And, bonus alert, it's gluten free!
What the hell does it mean: Pepperkaker, you might ask.
Basically it's Norwegian for gingerbread, but directly translated it is what it sounds like: Pepper......Cakes..... It makes sense and it doesn't make sense, if you know what I mean. There is a tiny bit of pepper in there and plenty of sugary bits as well as butter to make a cake, but it should be crispy and crunchy. The added R after pepperkake suggests more than one, plural form, but when you're done with this recipe you're lucky if you....etc...... Yes: you will eat them all. Including the added R.
Well, let's just go with it and let the taste do the talking.
THE ACTUAL RECIPE
1 portion (makes around 2-3 rounds of pepperkake shelves for your oven, filled with pepperkake men/women/stars/hearts/whatevs)
150 g butter
1 dl syrup
2 dl brown sugar
1 dl almond milk
1 tsp baking soda
250 g coconut flour
200 g brown rice flour
1,5 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pepper
Side note: The flour mix can be changed to whatever you have. Ive also done this recipe with only white flour. I find that only having coconut flour makes the mix too loose, and only brown rice flour too dense.
Start by heating the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan. Is this REALLY how much sugary things go in here? The answer is: yes.
Let that sweet mixture cool down a bit and carefully stir in the almond milk, baking soda, all the spices and most of the flour. Save a little of the brown rice flower for when you're rolling out the dough.
At this point you could, as some people suggest, let it all cool down and put it in a bowl for your fridge and continue the project next day. If you're like me there is no time for such silly activities, and you instead move directly on to the next stage.
So, let it cool down a bit anyway, and start flattening it out with your rolling pin over some of your leftover flour before cutting out your little pepperkake stars, hearts, emojis or whatever .
Place it out on a shelf with baking paper and put in the oven for 9-10 min on 175 C.
Get some nice looking tins to put them in after they're rested and ready.
...or just eat them all.
And that's it! Enjoy!