Fragrant honey cakes. painted with multi-colored glaze, can be not only a wonderful dessert, but also a wonderful decoration for the Christmas tree. "Edible" Christmas tree decorated with gingerbread, sweets and fruits, probably will be long remembered by your family and guests! Recipes of honey cakes for the New year says the land of the Soviets.

Historically, the gingerbread was a festive dish. because they were prepared from ingredients that could not be called cheap and everyday. Now gingerbread can easily be bought in a store, and cooking them will not be too expensive, but still many people still associate it with the holiday.

Sweet honey cakes

Here is one of the most simple recipes of honey cakes, of which it is possible to make Christmas tree ornaments. To prepare honey cakes with icing, we will need to take this set of products:

  • flour — 250 g
  • med — 80 g
  • brown sugar — 60 g
  • butter — 35 g
  • milk — 30 g
  • egg — 1 PC.
  • ground cinnamon — 1.5 tsp.
  • cocoa — 1 tsp.
  • ground spices (cloves, ginger, nutmeg) — 1/4 tsp of each spice

For the glaze

  • sugar powder — 100 g
  • one egg white

Mix the flour with the spices, add the cocoa (for the color). In a separate saucepan mix honey, butter, sugar and milk. Preheat on a small fire, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved. In the flour, drive in the egg, pour in the resulting honey syrup and knead the dough.

Roll the dough on a flour-poured table. It is best to do this while the dough is still warm. With the help of molds, we cut out the gingerbread from the dough and put it on a baking sheet covered with culinary parchment. Using a tube for cocktails, we make holes for ribbons in gingerbread. We bake gingerbread in the oven, heated to 200 degrees, for 8 minutes.

The finished cakes allow to cool and paint them with glaze. For its preparation whisk one protein to a state of dense foam, add half of the powdered sugar and beat again. Add the remaining icing sugar and mix thoroughly. When the gingerbread has cooled completely and the frosting has dried, is passed into the holes of the ribbon and hang gingerbread cookies on the tree.

Honey cakes with candied fruit

These honey cakes, it is desirable to cook for a couple of weeks before the holiday so they have time to "ripen" (although if you really want to try the carrot, can't wait). For their preparation we need the following ingredients:

  • flour — 625 g
  • honey — 600 g
  • sugar — 250 g
  • walnuts — 250 g
  • candied lemon peel — 100 g
  • candied orange peel — 100 g
  • cherry tincture - 3 tbsp. l.
  • soda — 1 tsp.
  • ground cinnamon — 15 g
  • ground cloves 7 g
  • ground cardamon on the tip of the knife
  • grated zest of one lemon

We heat honey on a small fire to a temperature of about 60 degrees, stirring constantly. It is very important not to overheat the honey and not let it boil. In the hot honey, pour sugar and mix until the sugar dissolves.

Nuts are finely chopped, candiedly cut into small pieces. Mix the candied fruits, nuts and lemon zest, add the spices and mix everything thoroughly. We pour warm honey with sugar into the dry mixture and mix properly again. We are waiting for the mass to cool slightly.

Dissolve soda in cherry brandy and add to the mixture of honey, nuts, candied fruit and spices. There add the sifted flour and be kneaded dough. Cover the dough and leave overnight.

The next morning, roll the dough into a 1-1.5 cm thick layer on a flour-poured table and cut out the gingerbread with molds. For several hours, we remove the future gingerbread in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and bake gingerbread cookies for 12-15 minutes. When honey gingerbread cookies completely cool, you can cover them with icing - sugar or chocolate. Ready-made gingerbread should be given "ripen" for a couple of weeks - so they will become softer and will acquire a more intense taste.

Bon appetit and happy holidays!