Holiday cloves gingerbread.
✔ 350 g (12,3 oz) sugar,
✔ 500 g (1,1 lb) honey,
✔ 250 g (8,8 oz) butter,
✔ 1 kg (2,2 lb) rye (or wheat) flour,
✔ 3 eggs, beaten,
✔ 2 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 1/2 cup of milk.
✔ 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped.
✔ 2 tsp ground spices: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom.
✔ 1 cup icing sugar
✔ 3 tbsp hot water
✔ 2 tbsp cocoa
✔ 3 tbsp butted, melted.
Combine in the saucepan sugar, honey and butter, put a saucepan on the fire and gradually bring to boil. In mildly cooled mixture gradually add all remained ingredients in 3 additions, mixing on low speed for 30 seconds after each addition.
Knead the dough by hand or machine. If by hand, turn it out on a floured board and work it until it is smooth and elastic, approximately 10 minutes.
Shape the dough into a ball and put it in the pot. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and set it in a cool place for 3 - 4 week.
Roll out dough on a well floured surface. Put crust on greased baking sheet, and bake in temperature 200-220 С / 392 - 428 F oven. You can make these as big or small as you would like.
Make a glaze for the gingerbread:
Dissolve cocoa and sugar in the hot water, add melted butter, stirring slowly heat, using water bath. Chill.
Glaze chilled gingerbread.
Between 2 crusts may be used jam. Brush top gingerbread with glaze.