Lebkuchen

by Chelle in


Lebkuchen reminds me of growing up. These are traditional German Christmas cookies and so spicy and yummy and they go great with hot spiced wine, or Glühwein - remember that post? They actually come from the town I went to kindergarten in, Nuremberg. 

This year I thought I'd try to make them. Maybe it will go terribly wrong. Maybe they will be amazing! We'll know by the end of this post, as they take three days to make. With ever so much optimism, I'll begin. Oh and I found this recipe here and am making a few adjustments of my own after looking around the good old interweb for ideas. 

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/2 c molasses
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 3/4 AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 c diced, candied citron
  • 1/3 c chopped hazelnuts

Icing

  • 1 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 c confectioners sugar

Normally Lebkuchen has a bottom layer that is sort of like rice paper. This is not essential, but if you want to make with this layer- oblaten- you can order them here. I did! Let's see how this goes.

Actually I didn't. I ordered them and they didn't get here in time ... so no oblaten. Such is life.

Day 1: Boil Honey and Molasses. Once boiled stir in brown sugar, egg, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg together in a large bowl and add molasses mixture to this. Stir in the hazelnuts. Place in a bowl and put orange peels in bowl then cover and put in the fridge. (The peel sort of infuses the mix and absorbs some of the extra moisture, very clever)

Day 2: Preheat the oven to 350. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Bake for 10 minutes. 

While the cookies are baking, bring 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup water to boil, remove from heat and add 1/2 cup powdered sugar to the mix. Bring cookies out from oven, put on a cooling rack right away and brush with icing.

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Hope you are having the most wonderful Christmas Eve!!!!!

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