About five years ago I bought a pasta making machine. It was bought with much anticipation, not least that of my husband, of great homemade pasta dishes. The truth is, I brought it home and put it in a cupboard and well…it has been in that cupboard, unwrapped, for five years!
You may wonder what it has to do with Danish Vanilla Christmas biscuits…a lot actually! About two weeks ago I made pasta for the first time using the machine! It was disastrous, hilarious and absolutely divine all at once! That story is for another blog though! The exciting bit is, for me at least, that while making pasta I realised this machine could be used to make these gorgeous, probably my favourite, Christmas cookies! Vanille kranse – or Vanilla Wreaths directly translated.
It worked a treat and here are the results! YUM!
The recipe is, once more, a family one! Passed on to me and gratefully received! It is the fresh vanilla and chopped almonds that make the difference! The flavour is beautiful with the biscuits melting in your mouth, but being crisp at the same time… You must make (and eat) them to understand!500g plain flour 375g butter 250g sugar 1 egg – stirred 165g chopped almonds Seeds from two vanilla pods (slice the pods open and scrape out the seeds – see picture below if you have never done before!)
- Put flour and butter in a bowl and chop into the butter with a knife until the mixture resembles bread crumbs
- All other ingredients go in – remember to give the egg a quick stir with a fork before adding it
- Knead it until it comes together – it is quite a soft dough due to all the butter (never claimed this was a healthy recipe!)
- Leave in the fridge for a few hours to cool
- Using a mince maker machine – or in my case a pasta machine with rigatoni shape attached! – make finger long sausages and bring them together to make a circle – hard to explain – see pics!
- Bake in a 200C oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown