Basel Grass Leckerlis
Photo by Andreas Thumm
In Honour of the Swiss.
Recommended amount of grass: 7g; makes about 140 pieces, approximately 0.06g per leckerli
finely chopped grass
a bit of salt
rum, the juice of ½ a lemon, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
freshly grated nutmeg
small package of baking powder
ground hemp seeds
candied lemon peel
candied orange peel
Warm the butter and briefly braise the grass in it at a low temperature.
In a second pot, warm up the honey, sugar, and salt until the sugar dissolves sufficiently. Then put it in a mixing bowl with the grass butter. While the mixture is still warm, add the rum, lemon juice, and spices, and stir in the egg. Work in a third of the flour. Mix the rest of the flour with the vanilla sugar, baking powder, hemp seeds, candied orange peel, and candied lemon peel. Knead it together with the honey mixture into a stiff dough. If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour. Let the dough sit for one hour in a cool place.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
Roll out the dough until it is a half centimeter thick, then place it on top of baking paper on a baking sheet. Bake it on the middle rack for 20-30 minutes. For the frosting, bring the sugar and water to a boil while stirring. The water should start to boil, and large bubbles will form in the pot. The sugar, however, should not become brown! Brush the hot pastries with the Frosting. When it has cooled, cut it into 2 x 2 cm squares.