Recipe: Lebkuchen. #BAKEMASday4

Hi everyone!

As always I should be studying instead of writing a post, but I can't help it. It's way more interesting than calculating the derivative of the function.

Today is the foruth day of #BAKEMAS, where I share 9 Christmas recipes before the actual holiday. And today's recipe is lebkuchen! If you don't know what it is, basically they are soft German gingerbread cookies with frosting. And they are said to be the world's best gingerbread cookies- I can't quite agree with that. But they sure taste very good.

You can taste a hint of citrus. The original recipe says you have to add in some candied fruits, but I don't like them at all, so I added some zest of 1 lemon. I also added some lemon juice to the icing, because those cookies are really sweet (fault of almost 1 cup of honey), so I wanted to balance it out. But as I said, they are really good- the cookies disapeared the same day and there were 30 of them! 

  • 250g plain flour
  • 85g ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp gingerbread spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 200ml runny honey
  • 85g butter
  • half a cup of candied orange or lemon peel (or zest of whole lemon)

  1. Put all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix it together.
  2. In a small pot heat up honey and butter until they're melted. Leave aside to chill.
  3. After that put the mixture into dry ingredients and mix everything together (you can use a mixer). Then cover with a cloth and put aside for 30 minutes to cool complitely.
  4. Roll the dough into a walnut sized balls and put them onto a lined baking tray- leave some space between them as they rise a lot. Flatten them with a spoon.
  5. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes- not longer or they'll turn up too hard and crispy- in 180 C degrees.
  6. Wait 2 minutes before removing them from the tray.
  7. Pour some icing over. Done!


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