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Swiss Honey Cakes

Ingredients
  Honey 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Firmly packed dark brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Baking soda 1 Teaspoon
  Rum/Brandy 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped blanched almonds 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Chopped candied citron 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Candied orange peel 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Grated orange rind 1 Tablespoon (Fresh)
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Unsifted all purpose flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
For glaze
  Granulated sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Water 2 Tablespoon
Directions

1. Combine the honey and the sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture, stirring to dissolve the sugar, until almost boiling, but do not boil. Cool the mixture to lukewarm, for about 20 minutes. Transfer to a medium-size bowl.
2. Dissolve the baking soda in the rum or brandy in a small bowl.
3. Stir the almonds, citron, candied orange peel, egg, fresh orange rind, baking soda-rum mixture, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg into the honey mixture. Gradually add the flour to make a soft, sticky dough. Cover the dough in the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough overnight or for several days.
4. Preheat the oven to moderate (350°).
5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle. Slide a large cookie sheet under the dough.
6. Bake the dough in the preheated moderate oven (350°) for 20 minutes or until the cake is slightly browned and the center springs back when lightly pressed with your fingertip.
7. Meanwhile, prepare the Glaze: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer the glaze for 4 minutes.
8. Brush the hot glaze over the hot cake on the cookie sheet. With a sharp, wet knife, cut the cake into squares or rectangles; do not separate until the cake is completely cool.
9. Decorate the pieces of cake with the glace cherries and citron, if you wish. Store the cakes for a few days to mellow, in a tightly covered container with wax paper between the layers of cakes.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Honey
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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