Swiss Chräbeli biscuits

Swiss Chräbeli biscuits

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This delightful aniseed pastry is a classic part of any Swiss Christmas celebration. The sweet and spicy fragrance of this dish is sure to have your entire family feeling ready for the festive season.

Ingredients

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325 g Mix C - Mix Pâtisserie
2 (L) eggs
250 g icing sugar
grated zest of 1/2 organic lemon
2 tbsp anise seeds
1 tbsp cherry brandy

Preparation

  • To make the dough: Place the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for 10 minutes until creamy.
  • Next add the lemon peel, the cherry brandy and the star anis.
  • Gradually add the sieved flour. Use the kneading hook to mix the mixture.
  • Cover the dough in the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to rest.
  • Preheat the oven to 150°C (top and bottom heat setting) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Divide the slightly sticky dough into four. Hand-roll each section into a sausage shape.
  • Cut into approx. 4 cm long pieces.
  • Use a very sharp knife to cut into the pieces 3 – 4 times, and shape into a half-moon.
  • Place on the baking tray and allow to dry over night at room temperature (the ‘Chräbeli’ will not be cooked correctly if it’s exposed to a draft).
  • In a well preheated oven, bake on the lowest shelf for 15 minutes.
  • NOTE: Careful! Don’t open the oven door in the first 10 minutes of baking, or the ‘Chräbeli’ won’t form their ‘foot’.
  • Allow the ‘Chräbeli’ to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Store in a metal biscuit tin.
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