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Hirschhornsaltz

hagar4316 Nov 22, 2006 10:51 PM

My wife brought some packages of this back from Germany. What is it and what is it used for?

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  1. Anonimo Nov 22, 2006 11:58 PM

    It's a leavener, sometimes used in German cookie doughs, pfeffernüesse, for example.
    It tends to impart a crispness to the finished pastry. Since it is principally ammonium carbonate, it is important to avoid excess usage (the smell is pungent) and to bake the product thoroughly in order to break down and drive off the ammonia.

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    1. re: Anonimo
      hagar4316 Nov 23, 2006 01:45 AM

      Thank you! It sounds potent. Don't know if we will use it.

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      kathrineirvin Dec 9, 2007 04:39 PM

      if you don't want the Hirschhornsaltz please contact me I can use it. I love to make the old Lebkuchen recipe that my granmother used and I have ran out of Hirshhornsaltz
      so if you don't want it please contact me at kathrineirvin@sbcglobal.net,
      Thank you!!!

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