Maybe you remember our tradition with Lucia gingerbread from last year...? My mom started it when my sister and I were kids, and last year I decided to follow up. This year's Lucia bride was well received by Frida Viola when we came home from the procession in kindergarten. She has been wearing the little white Lucia dress all day, and actually was so exiced about the procession that she had to rest half an hour on the sofa before it all began!
This is how you make your own Lucia gingerbread - following my mom's old recipe:
3/4 dl molasses
50 g butter
1 1/4 dl dark brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ammonium bicarbonate
5 dl wholegrain flour, e.g. spelt
Mix flour and spices, add butter, brown sugar, molasses and egg. Roll out the dough and let the kids punch out the figures. For the Lucia bride use a knife. Bake at 170°C for 6-10 minutes. Let the cakes rest a little before decorating them. Frida Viola is helping with the dough - but I am still doing the decoration because the frosting is too hard for her to handle. Have fun!