Lebkuchen Recipe

Lebkuchen are one of my absolute favourite christmas treats. They’re a kind of german gingerbread that’s somewhere between a cake and a biscuit. This year has been the first year I’ve tried to make them myself though (I normally just rely on sainsbury’s). I was really pleased with how they turned out so I thought I’d share the recipe so you can try them for yourselves.

INGREDIENTS

LEBKUCHEN

  • 250g plain flour
  • 85g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200ml clear honey
  • 1 lemon zest, finely grated
  • 85g butter
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch each ground cloves, grated nutmeg and black pepper (or replace all the spices lebkuchen spice mix if you find them)
  • 1 tsp baking powder

ICING

100g icing sugar

15ml water

30g bar dark or milk chocolate (I go for dark)

THE BAKING BIT

  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Heat the butter and honey on a low heat.
  3. Once the butter has melted add in the dry ingredients mix and the lemon zest. Mix well until it forms into a dough.
  4. Leave to cool, covered, for 10-20 mins
  5. Put your oven on at 160C
  6. Break the dough into around 30 balls (they should be a bit smaller than a golf ball) then squish them into the shape of a cookie.
  7. Put them onto as many lined trays as you need, and bake for 15mins (no more!)
  8. Leave to cool (for real though leave them to cool, I know they smell good)
  9. Once they’re cool you’re ready to ice. Mix the icing sugar and water in a bowl, you might need a little more water but see how you feel. Dip one half (semi circle type half, you could do either, but this is easier) into the icing, leave to set.
  10. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie (a bowl over a pan of boiling water) and dip the other half of the lebkuchen into the chocolate.
  11. Leave to cool then enjoy!
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4 Comments

  1. December 15, 2016 / 11:43 pm

    My boyfriend was in Germany this past year and he told me about this exact treat. I’d like to make it out there one day and I will definitely be trying out this recipe. How exactly did you come across this snack?

    -Joan
    http://www.swaagcaat.com/

    • Natalie
      December 15, 2016 / 11:59 pm

      I’m pretty sure the first time I had it was in a German class in secondary school, when we were learning about how holidays across europe are different and a teacher brought some in. It’s fair to say it was love at first bite. Hope you get to make it out to Germany at some point, there are some really gorgeous places to visit especially in the winter time

  2. December 16, 2016 / 11:11 am

    This seems to be an amazing recipe! I’ll definitely have to try it x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

    • Natalie
      December 16, 2016 / 12:11 pm

      If you do – let me know how it goes!

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