Bolachas de Natal (Painted Christmas Cookies)

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This recipe is brought to Ancestreats by Ligia Kempfer and her Seven-Year-Old daughter, Júlila – who are  the dynamic duo behind the Brazilian family food blog: Pequena Gourmet.

Bolachas de Natal – “White Painted Christmas Crackers”

This is a traditional Christmas cookie that reminds me (Ligia) of my childhood. My grandmother and aunts used to make them especially for me. And now I make them with my daughter. The original recipe is from the South of Brazil – German colonization.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup of fresh cream (nata)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 kg of flour
  • 2 spoons (soup) of sal ammoniac (Bakers-Ammonia)
  • 1 spoon (soup) of vanilla sugar
  • Lemon zest (optional)

Ingredients for the frosting:

  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of egg whites
  • 2 spoons (soup) of cornstarch

How to make the dough:

In a bowl, combine the sal ammoniac, milk and mix. Add the cream, beaten eggs, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest if desired. Gradually add the flour. Mix. When the dough is at the point that it doesn’t stick in your hand, pour a portion of the dough on a floured table and open it first by hand and then with the aid of a roll. The dough does not need to be very thin.

Use cookie molds to shape them. Take them to the oven in a greased and floured baking tray at 180° C for about 5 minutes.

For the frosting:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the egg whites and sugar. Stir for about 5 minutes until the sugar comes apart/dissolves. Be careful not to burn it! Pour the mixture into a cake mixer. Add the cornstarch with the mixer still on and warm. Spread the frosting on the cookies and add colorful toppings to decorate.

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Country of Origin: Germany

More About Pequena Gourmet:

This family food blog is about the everyday life around the table and the discoveries of the flavors of this little girl who was born with 670 g, 29 weeks, and because of this suffered two surgeries that left her with only 1/3 of the intestine. After a year under intensive care, she went on to have a normal life. Today she eats without restrictions, is not sick and have a fairly sophisticated palate for her age. Julia is a testament to the dedication, kindness and patience of parents making infant feeding something natural, anyway, as it should be. Ligia loves to cook the simple dishes with Julia. The more elaborate dishes, she leaves to her husband and the chefs of restaurants. Stay tuned, in 2014 there will be new videos posted on the blog!

Oi, meu nome é Lígia e sou mãe da Júlia, 7 anos. Este blog é sobre o cotidiano em volta da mesa e as descobertas dos sabores dessa garotinha que nasceu com 670g, 29 semanas, e em função disso sofreu duas cirurgias que a deixaram com apenas 1/3 do intestino. Depois de um ano sob intensos cuidados, ela passou a ter uma vida normal. Hoje come sem restrições, não é enjoada e tem um paladar bastante sofisticado para a idade. A Júlia é uma prova de que a dedicação, carinho e paciência dos pais tornam a alimentação infantil algo natural, enfim, como deve ser. Adoro cozinhar pratos triviais para a Júlia. Os pratos mais elaborados, deixo para o meu marido e os chefs de restaurantes.

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