100 grams of cracked almond cookies (and some extra
for the topping)
2-3 tablespoons of eggnog
2-3 tablespoons of eau-de-vie/cognac
500 millilitre of whole milk
5 tablespoons of sugar
5 tablespoons of custard
Bitter cookies are made of bitter almonds,
South-European almonds and sugar. This is mixed with egg white and finally
you’ll get the bitter cookies paste of which you can bake a bitter cookie/cracked
In the early days it was a habit to scatter cookies
and candy during a wedding; including the bitter cookies. Because of their mix
of sweet and bitter, just like a wedding itself, bitter cookies where the
Later on the bitter cookie was also used in a pudding.
It was a luxurious food during Christmas for example. Nowadays you can still
find it in the shelves of the supermarket.
Pastry - Serves: 6-8 - Preparation time: 15 minutes -
Cooking time: 90-120 minutes(cool)
Break the cookies into small pieces
Add 2-3 tablespoons of eggnog and 2-3 tablespoons of
Stir it well together so all the cookies are covered
with eggnog and eau-de-vie.
Add first the sugar and then the milk in a sauce pan
and heat up.
Stir now and then, this prevents the milk from getting
When the milk is warm you add the custard to the milk
and stir it well.
Keep the heat fairly low to prevent lumps.
When stirring it is important to reach the bottom,
sides and corners of the saucepan to prevent the pudding from sticking and
Remove pudding from heat when it has thickened.
Add the mixture into the glass bowl with the cookies and mix it well.
Let the pudding cool uncovered and then cover with
plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, about two hours.
Serve the pudding warm, cold, or at room temperature
with softly whipped cream and some crumbled cracked almond cookies.