This is the Christmas biscuit in Scandinavia and you can cut out the dough into all sorts of shapes.
If you are good at icing make a thick royal icing and get your piping bag out.
Out of 34 OECD countries, the UK is the eighth fattest, with the Scandinavian nations way down the list in 23rd (Norway), 25th (Sweden) and 26th (Denmark) place.
The Scandinavians firmly believe in ‘lordagsgodis’ – Saturday Sweets – and allow children to have a small bag of pick-and-mix once a week.
A full-time working week in Sweden is 37.5 hours, and while only one per cent of the country’s employees work overtime, they’re no less productive, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Better Life Index.
Gather the remaining dough into a ball, roll out again and keep cutting until it has all been used.For the biscuits 60g (2oz) butter 75g (2¾oz) soft light-brown sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground cardamom 1 tsp finely grated orange zest 1 tbsp black treacle or molasses 2-4 tbsp milk 225g (8oz) plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer.Add the spices, orange zest and treacle or molasses and beat again, then add 2 tbsp of the milk.My parents, who turn 60 next year, work out several times a week and go ice-skating, cross-country skiing and walking.Swedish men have a life expectancy of 80.7 years – ranked fourth in the world – with UK males at just 79.4. When dining hygge-style, it is ‘the kinship generated through conviviality at the table that really matters’, and the Scandinavians try their best to do sit-down family dinners every day of the week, not just for the Sunday roast.