If you know anything about Czech Christmas, you will know beehives (also called wasp nests). They are Christmas cookies in the shape of, you guessed it, a beehive. The trouble is, to make them you need a special mould – it’s kind of impossible to make them without it. Well, it IS possible because I have had to do it so many times in the past… Every Christmas, when I’m struggling to shape dough into beehives with the help of various odd objects, I say to myself that when we go to Czech in the summer, I will buy a beehive mould. And of course, every summer, I forget (why would I be thinking about Christmas in July?!).
But here’s the GOOD NEWS! You can now get the beehive mould in England, yippee! I was chuffed when I found it on Amazon the other day. I found a couple, actually. The one on the right is a proper biscuit beehive mould. The one on the left is supposed to be for making soap but I think it would work perfectly with the biscuits!
Beehives were my number one Czech Christmas “biscuit” when I was little and, thinking about it, they probably still are. So how do you make these beauties? Every family has their own recipe and each will probably be completely different. This is ours.
N.B. It’s best to make the dough one day and then wait overnight for it to harden a bit, otherwise it will be difficult to make the beehives hold their shape.