Monday, July 6, 2009

Amateur Magenbrot

Magenbrot or Stomach bread is a Swiss Christmas gingerbread cookie.It is a spiced bread and is similar to gingerbread in taste.It is like a cakey cookie and is called magen (stomach) brot (bread) as it contains stomach friendly spices.Magen brot is actally from Alpine region of Switzerland and is easier to make.I got an eggless recipe which I divided the recipe to two thirds and adapted it.Tastewise it was perfect,but lookwise,I donot think it was pro looking but was very amateurish.



Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour/Cake flour: 1 cup + few tbsp
Sugar: 1 cup (I used only 3/4th)
Cocoa Powder: 1 tbsp
Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
Clove Powder & Cinnamon powder: 1/2 -1 tsp each as per taste.
Water: 1/2 cup +



Preparation:
In a big bowl,whisk all the powders -flour,sugar,cocoa,baking powder and the spices.Add water little by little to this and mix well to form a dough.You can add more flour if more water is added and the batter/dough does not form like an equal mass.


I actually added 2 tbsp of water first to the dry mix and then started mixing them to form a dough.Keep on adding more water /flour as per this and finally a smooth dough should be formed.Knead lighlty to obtain a firm yet sticky dough -its like a dough is made of cake batter.It took me almost 1.5 cups and 5-7 tbsps of water to obtain a dough which looks like...


Divide the dough into two or threee smalled pieces if needed,pat them into a loaf shape,place them in a greased or lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 20 minutes until the tester comes clean.

Allow the bread to cool completely and then slice and serve with a frosting preferably with confectioners' sugar.I did not go for frosting.


Do check out the original recipe here at FXCuisine.This bread though amateurish is also going to AWED:Swiss,hosted by yours truly and started by DK of Chef in you.

The taste was great but the texture/appearance was not pleasing to the eyes.There were cracks on top as well.The insides were cooked and perfect.I have nothing to compare this to,but the taste was perfect.

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