The Sunday School Lady in the clip is an American of Swedish origin and as I am missing living 10 minutes away from my favourite Swedish coffee shop at Junction 9 of the M6 and going on outings with my son to try out all the chairs (I'm sure they don't miss us), I found a recipe for Pepperkakker instead. They taste better than they sound. And they do have pepper in them, but please give them a go! It's gingerbread without ginger. (Incidentally, the first word my son learned to read/ recognise was "Ikea".)
In sympathy for my son's poorly tummy, I didn't bake today's batch until after he was in bed and I've been really careful to only eat things he doesn't like at all in front of him today (i.e. vegetables), so I tested them 5 minutes after they came out of the oven. Never believe anyone who says you should have to wait to eat biscuits until they cool down! Eating them warm means all the spices combine beautifully and they melt in the mouth.
(NB, these aren't mine. My cooking tends to more blobbiness and less skill, but they tasted great.)
Pepperkakker (Pepper cookies)
150g butter (I used sunflower margarine)
100 ml golden syrup
100 ml whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon of ground or grated cloves (I comandeered our pepper grinder to do these)
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper (yes, really)
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of baking powder
450g of plain flour
1. Heat the oven to 170 Celcius (fan oven)
2. Grease baking tins (or use grease proof paper or silicon sheets)
3. Combine the butter, golden syrup and sugar in a non-stick saucepan and heat over a medium flame (too hot and it will burn, too cool and it will not dissolve the sugar) while you stir.
4. Mix the pepper, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder and flour and make a hollow in the centre of the bowl.
5. When the butter/ sugar/ syrup mix has cooled a bit, add the cream (if it is too hot, the mixture will curdle the cream)
6. Pour this mix into the hollow in the dry ingredients and stir it all together thoroughly.
7. Bake for 12 minutes (fan oven) or until the cookies are starting to go brown on the edges and have risen in the middle.
8. Make a pot of tea.