Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Saint Ambrose


       4 cups flour
       1 tsp cinnamon
       1/2 tsp each cloves,ginger,nutmeg
       1 cup icing sugar
        2 tsp baking powder
        2 extra large eggs
        1 cup honey
        2  tablespoons finely chopped orange rind

·      Sift together flour, spices, icing sugar, and baking powder.
·      Add eggs, honey, and orange peel to make a stiff dough.
·      On a floured work surface, roll out dough about 1/2 inch thick.
·      Cut shapes with cookie cutter, place on non-stick baking sheet, and brush with glaze.
·       bake in preheated 350 degrees oven until done, about 15 minutes.
·      Cool on racks.
·       Store in tightly covered tins.

We used the idea from this site to turn our biscuits into bees. 

Whenever I here the words Ambrose and bees my thoughts always go to that wonderful book by Elizabeth Gouge "The Runaways" and Uncle Ambrose and his bees. Apologies here to Saint Ambrose but for our family those marvelous readalouds by said author are engraved on my memory lino-cut hard!
Oh and re Saint Ambrose and bees: this is all I could come up with so feel free to add more if you know more!" The title Honey Tongued Doctor was initially bestowed on Ambrose because of his speaking and preaching ability; this led to the use of a beehive and bees in his iconography, symbols which also indicate wisdom. This led to his association with bees,beekeepers,chandlers, wax refiners".

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