My Gran’s Lebkuchen Recipe

Gran's Lebkucken

Each December when I bake lebkuchen from my maternal grandmother’s straightforward recipe, the scent of spices as I mix the dough transports me back to the wonderful family Christmases of my childhood. These are a variation of a German biscuit, and similar to gingerbread. It’s fun to ice the shapes different colours & decorate with silver balls.

(Makes 30)

Ingredients

60g butter                                   150ml golden syrup

450ml cake flour                       5ml bicarb

2ml ground ginger                    2ml ground cardamom

2ml ground cinnamon             2ml ground cloves

5ml cocoa                                      ±15ml milk

50ml mixed peel chopped fine

MethodIMG_4467

  1. Melt the butter over a low heat, then add the syrup and bring to a
    boil. Remove from the heat once boiling and rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredientsIMG_4482 and add to the syrup. Add the milk & mixed peel and mix until smooth.
  3. Stand at room temperature for about 1 ½ hours.IMG_4489
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Turn the dough onto a floured board,
    kneed lightly and roll out to about 5mm thick. Cut into shapes and place on greased baking sheets.
    Bake for 10-12 minutes until just golden. Cool.
  5. Ice with egg white & icing sugar (1 egg should do for 30 biscuits), colour with food colouring and decorate as desired, then allow to harden.
  6. Eat, share, gift, and enjoy – with much love and Christmas joy 🙂
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