BERLINER KRANZER - HOMEMADE NORWEIGAN COOKIE
How to Make Berliner Kranzer - Homemade Norweigan Cookie
PREP TIME: 120 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: MEDIUM
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: MEDIUM
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Berliner Kranzers are a traditional Immel family favorite. Grandma Immel taught us how to make these Norwegian Christmas cookies, passed down from her Grandma. She made hundreds of them every year. My parents made them when I was a boy too. We gave them too all the neighbors and friends. And, we ate a bunch too. Every year we eagerly awaited the day when my parents would make berliner kranzer! It's exciting to continue the tradition.
To make a healthy version of these cookies, follow these Ayurvedic Baking Tips.
Making the dough is easy. Cooking them is easy too. The hardest part is rolling them. The dough has to slightly cool to roll them to 3/8" thickness. We had all 4 kids rolling them out so it only took us about two hours to make a batch. We think of it as entertainment and a main Christmas event so the night passes joyfully.
Even 2yr old Frenchie, littlest cookie maker in training, managed to dip one or two in the candy cane mix. The reward was all the bakers getting to eat a few.
- 1/2 inch less than a pound of butter
- 4 egg yolks, save egg whites for dipping the cookies before baking
- 4 cups refined spelt flour (whole spelt is possible but will affect the flavor)
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- Traditional: Pearl Sugar
- Chopped almonds
- Crushed cand cane
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix butter and sugar. Mix in the yolks. Mix in flour, a little at a time, until the dough sticks together (falls off your hands)
- Put the dough in the refrigerator over night. Or, to speed the process, roll it onto a cookie sheet and make a big pancake about 1/2" thick. Then put it in the fridge for a half hour or until the the dough is cool.
- When the dough is ready cut 1/2" strips and roll it into a 1/4-3/8" thick rope. Lift the end of the dough and loop it around so it looks like a Christmas wreath. Cut the dough and repeat. Work quickly while the dough is cool so it doesn't collapse.
- Dip the top (the side opposite the side that's going on the cookie sheet) into the egg whites and then into the pearl sugar, chopped nuts, or crushed candycane.
- Put the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes.
Have a Merry Christmas!
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
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Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Lactose is a sugar found in milk derived from galactose and glucose. It is difficult for many people to digest.
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A constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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