Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Frankfurter Brenten / White Marzipan Cookies - Molded Cookie Series

Christmas time is upon us again...... And nothing says "Fröhliche Weihnachten!" quite like Frankfurter Brenten (aka: FrankFurter Printen or White Marzipan cookies).  

Though not quite as well known as Springerle or Speculaas, they are still quite delicious and make a lovely addition to any cookie plate assemblage.   The dough is also SUPER easy to throw together and the drying time is much shorter than for Springerle.  You could almost say they are "healthy" with their almond paste-y goodness.  But the best part will always be the texture.... crispy on the edges like cookie, but chewy in the center like candy - all at the same time.  Genius!

Rose water is the conventional flavoring, which is delicious, but I am more partial to Orange Flower water, or Cointreau, or Grand Marnier or even Bourbon.... It's only a hint of a flavor (for it's only 1 teaspoon) but the possibilities are endless.  A word of caution, use small mold to make small cookies.  They are very rich, so this is a serious case of "less is more"; though I will admit that when preparing these at the shop, I make them almost twice this size.

Frankfurter Brenten

- 8 oz Almond Paste
- 2.5 oz All-Purpose Flour (71g)
- 7.1 oz Confectioner's sugar ( 201g)
- 1 Large Egg White
- 1 tsp Rose water or Orange flower water gives an authentic European aroma and flavor.
            (or you can substitute vanilla or Bourbon, or Grand Marnier or Rum or Brandy)

I use SOLO almond paste, because it comes in a convenient 8oz box.....  Odense comes in a 7oz tube which is significantly less convenient.  I'm just sayin'.

These are the tools I have chosen to use today...  A rolling pin, of course, a pastry brush, individual round molds made of resin and a corresponding cutter as well as a square multi-image wooden mold and a pizza wheel to cut them apart.

Here is a close-up of the Resin molds.  The 3 darker brown molds are from Anis Paradies in Switzerland while the pale mold is from "The Springerle Baker" in North Carolina.

Here is a close up of the wooden mold (I just realized, as I am adding the photo, that it's upside down)  I don't have any history on this mold, other than that I found it on eBay and it came from Tennessee.

The flat sticks that keep showing up in the photos are my dough guides....  3, 5 & 10 mm, which can also be stacked to make other thicknesses like 8mm, 13mm and 15mm.  Dough guides take all the guesswork out of whether or not your dough is the proper thickness for pressing cookies and whether your dough is rolled evenly or not.

You can also use round dowels from the hardware store (which is what I use to use when I made Gingerbread houses back in the day) But enough about equipment and such; let's begin, cause even though these cookies are easy to mix up, they still don't mix themselves...

Grate the almond past into the bowl of your mixer.

Add the AP Flour, Confectioners' Sugar and Egg white.

Turn the mixer on low and let the ingredients all blend together until you have a lumpy meal texture.

With the mixer running, add the Rose Water, Orange Blossom Water or Liquor...

the dough should come together almost immediately.

Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and knead into a firm, smooth dough.

You may need to knead in an extra ½ teaspoon of water if the dough still seems too crumbly.
Gather dough into a flattened round, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for one hour on the counter.  (You can also rest the dough up to 24 hours in the refrigerator)

Working on a dry surface dusted with confectioner's sugar, roll out the dough to 8mm thickness.
Using a pastry brush, brush the desired cookie mold with confectioner's sugar

and press firmly into the dough.

Lift the mold straight up, to keep from blurring the design.

Cut the cookie out with your chosen cutter.

and transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Repeat, brushing the cookie mold for every pressing.

When you have filled a pan, set them aside to dry, uncovered, for 3-4 hours.

You can re-roll the scraps twice.

Here is a close up of that Peach Mold from "The Springerle Baker".

Using a multi mold is the same process, you just need a different type of cutter to separate the cookies from each other.

Just dust the mold with confectioners' sugar, press the mold into the dough, lift straight up to preserve the impression,

then use a pastry wheel to separate the cookies......

Move to a parchment lines baking sheet for drying.

Bake at 300 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

The peaks on the cookies will turn slightly brown, as will the bottoms, while the remainder stays cream colored.

If you want to prevent browning, place an empty cookie sheet on the top shelf of the ovens you bake the cookies on the center shelf.

Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before you place them on a cooling rack.

Cool completely and then store in tins. These cookies are best if eaten within 3 or 4 days.