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Basel Leckerlein (Sweetmeats)

From an old cook book

Ingredients:Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking from AlansKitchen.com

  • 1 - cup honey

  • 1 - cup sugar

  • 1 - cup almonds (not blanched)

  • 2 - cups flour, sifted

  • 1/2 - lemon, juice and grated rind

  • 1 - teaspoon nutmeg

  • 2 - ounces arrack or brandy

  • 2 - teaspoons mace

  • 1 - teaspoon cloves

Directions:

These cookies are thought to have come from Basel, Switzerland, and are a "lickerish" delicacy. 

  1. The mace and cloves were not in the old recipe but can be added. 

  2. The original instructions are as follows:  "Melt the honey, add sugar and almonds, blend well, cover and set aside for 8 days (perhaps to ferment?). 

  3. Then roll out, after adding other ingredients, to a paste half a finger thick, place on large pan lined with oiled paper and bake quickly in a hot oven. 

  4. While still warm, cut in strips about 2 fingers broad and 1 finger long."

Pennsylvania Dutch Did You Know?
The first major emigration of Germans to America resulted in the founding of the Borough of Germantown in northwest Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1683-1685.

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