A recipe for an 'Abraham' or
Ingredients 600 g flour
250 g almond paste 2 teaspoons baking powder 50 g chopped nuts 300 g brown castor
sugar almonds without peel 3 teaspoons gingerbread spices 1 egg salt 50 g icing
sugar 300 g butter or margarine, hard 2 green hackberries 1/2 decilitre, milk
The amounts that are used here are meant for an
Abraham dummy of appr. 40 cm. See picture
Sift the flour with the baking powder, the brown castor sugar, the gingerbread
spices and some salt. Cut the butter through the flour into small pieces, with
two knives and add the milk. Stir everything and knead the dough with a cool hand
until it is well mixed. Leave the dough in a cool place for one night.
baking paper to draw the shape of an Abraham, 2 hands and 2 feet and cut it. Take
half of the amount of the dough and roll it out till it becomes flat, the size
a little bit bigger than Abraham. Shove it onto the greased paper. Put the template
for the Abraham on top of the dough and cut it out. Remove the pieces of dough
on the side and keep it. Spread the almond paste over the dough, leaving a space
of 1 centimetre from the rim. Spread the nuts over the almond paste.
out the other half of the dough, shove it onto a piece of baking paper and cut
the second Abraham. Put it on top of the almond paste/nut layer and firmly push
the rims on top of each other.
Decorate the figure along the 'neck' and at
the front with almonds. Also use an almond for the nose. Stir the egg loose and
spread it out over the dough figure.
Put the cake with the paper on a baking
tray and bake it brown in 35 minutes in the middle of a hot oven - 200 °C.
Roll out the remainder of the dough till it is thin and flat and cut out the hands
and feet. Spread some egg over it and add them to the dummy. Bake the cake for
another 15-20 minutes. Shove the Abraham on the oven grid and let it cool.
The decoration. To decorate the cake, mix the icing sugar with ½ table
spoon cold water till it becomes a thick glaze. Decorate the cake with it: a line
with the legs, cover the 2 arms, a waistline, lines for the face, glace the upper
part of the head completely white. For the eyes glue the hackberries on the face
using some glaze as glue. Use the cotton wool to cut a nice beard and also glue
this on the face using glaze.
Bon appetite and remember your waistline
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