Tippin' the Scales


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2abraham50.gifAs soon as you turn 50 years old you become a ‘Sarah’ or an ‘Abraham’ here in the Netherlands, today it is my sister’s turn to become Sarah. Marijke, congratulations on your birthday and many happy years to come.

I usually say: “two thirds of your sell-by-date is over, try to stretch the last third part as far as possible.” And since the life expectancy rate in Holland has gone op from 77 tot 84 years young, it must be possible.

Other dates to remember:
60 Isaac / Elisabeth
70 Jacob / Anna
80 Joseph / Deborah
90 Anthony / Ruth
100 Methusalem / Judith

And to my brother Tom… it is your turn in 2 years time!

Here is a recipe to make your own Sarah or Abraham cake or rather a large cookie. Click on the picture below for the drawing of an Abraham, the Sarah looks almost the same only without the beard…

Shopping List:

  • 220 g or 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 g or 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 g or 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 g or 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 50 g or 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 50 g or 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 egg
  • 120 ml or 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 g or 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ml or 3/4 teaspoon warm water
  • 3 tablespoons white almonds for decorating

Drawing of a Abraham cake/cookie 40cm or 16 inch tall


  1. In large bowl, cream shortening, sugar, egg and warmed molasses. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add to egg mixture. Beat until smooth.
  2. Mix in flour, spices and salt until well blended. Cover and chill for 24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 175°C or 350°F. Grease cookie sheets. Roll out dough to a thickness of 1¼ cm or 1/4 inch on a floured surface.
  4. Cut out the form of man or a woman and place on a cookie sheet. Use almonds to make eyes, a nose, mouth and buttons.
  5. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Let cool on a wire rack.

From leftover dough smaller versions can be made, like gingerbread men or women. 

After cooling you can add icing sugar and other edible decorations to it, use the icing sugar as ‘glue’.

Author: Peter

I'm a man from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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