Homemade almond butter – a great butter substitute both for contemporary dishes and for medieval ones. Almond butter is a healthy alternative to butter. It’s easy to make and it taste totally yummy.
If I need a quick and easy snack for an event or for friends coming over, salted almonds is my go to recipe. They don’t need much effort and everyone loves them. The recipe scales well and the almonds are crisp and salty and perfect!
Here is Madam Mangor’s recipe in Danish – I have translated it below and converted the amounts to modern measurements.
3/4 pund smør udvaskes, og deri kommes 1 pund mel, ½ pund puddersukker, revet skal af 1 citron, en halv snes hylstre kardemomme, som er stødt, 1 lod stødt kanel, samt 2 lod bitre og 6 lod søde stødte mandler. Når dette er godt æltet sammen, udrulles det, ikke for tyndt, på brættet med mel uden for vægten, stikkes af med en kop eller et glas, smøres med æggeblomme og bages ved god ild. Heraf bliver omkring 70 kager.
I have not tested this recipe in a modern oven yet. So use common sense. The recipe does not have any raising agent, so I am assuming they are quite hard. Most of this kind of cookies are 3-4 mm thick.
These cookies were developed by Jewish bakers in Copenhagen in the 1800’s at some point. They are part of the Danish Christmas cookie pantheon. If you ask most of my family they are the best part. This version is my family’s recipe but I have also found two old ones. I am not sure where my mom got it, but it is her recipe.
“Brunkager” is a old danish type of cookies from the wood stove era, like most of the other Danish cookies. They are one of my favourite cookies for two reasons, they are extremely crisp and they are fast to bake. I always make the dough in advance, freeze it and bake it when I want to have something on hand for guests and want the house to smell of Christmas. It doesn’t hurt that they are really tasty. I think this year’s recipe is the most tasty I have had yet. The early recipes for “brunkager” show up in danish recipe books around 1835 and they are related to gingerbread cookies.