Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen

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(41 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Makes 30
A German biscuit similar to gingerbread, lebkuchen is easy to make and a great Christmas treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze dough only

Nutrition:

  • kcal102
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0.5g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.16g
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Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 85g ground almond
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 200ml clear honey
  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 85g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • pinch each ground cloves, grated nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

For the icing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 egg white, beaten

Method

  1. Tip the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Heat the honey and butter in a pan over a low heat until the butter melts, then pour into the flour mixture along with the lemon zest. Mix well until the dough is combined and fairly solid. Cover and leave to cool.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/fan160C/gas 4. Using your hands, roll dough into about 30 balls, each 3cm wide, then flatten each one slightly into a disk. Divide the biscuits between two baking trays lined with baking parchment, leaving room for them to expand. Bake for 15 mins, then cool on a wire rack.

  3. To ice the biscuits, mix together the icing sugar, egg white and 1-2 tbsp water to form a smooth, runny icing. Dip the top of each biscuit in the icing and spread with the back of a knife. Leave to dry out in a warm

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adythecook
8th Mar, 2013
Hi everybody,me and little daughter just made these, they are so simple and little one did every thing her self so she feels grown up. It's good to learn the children the smell of the spices and the names of said spices,this hopefully will stay with them for ever. Just got out of oven they look great,I like the idea if dipping half in chocolate so we will see how that turns out.
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sirlene
20th Dec, 2012
5.05
Excellent! I made the first attempt last week. I overcooked it. 15 minutes are enough. Then I repeated it twice with double amount of ingredients. It is really delicious as the german Lebkuchen we used to buy. Even better, I would say. The recipes I have always ask for mix of Lebkuchen spices (I´m in Brazil, so no way to find this here!). This one gives you the possibility to make it at home! I would give rate 10 just for that! :-)
stinabena
14th Dec, 2012
5.05
I love this recipe and recommend it to everyone. These Lebkuchen go down a storm at Christmas. There's a big difference depending on how long you cook them for. They often look pale and uncooked when actually they are. They are quite spongey when you take them out of the oven, as you leave them to cool then they firm up, so take care not to over cook them. I take them out when they start to brown just slightly on the top. It makes quite a difference with the overall softness when they are cool.
g0g0girl
10th Dec, 2012
5.05
I made these with Y1 children at school for a Christmas bake sale. They absolutely loved it and are now going to write their own recipe for literacy! It was super easy and the results were very tasty indeed. Thank you for the recipe.
andyarmchair
8th Dec, 2012
5.05
I needed a little bit more butter and honey as the mix was a bit crumbly, but taste great!
brightonsinger
22nd Nov, 2012
Absolutely delicious! I might even cover them in chocolate like the ones they sell in Lidl and Aldi. A perfect Christmas and winter treat.
amchoor
9th Jul, 2012
3.05
Ok, nothing special. I tried a thin circular cut out and the dented balls described in the recipe but both varieties came out quite chewy. Taste nice enough just wasn't fussed on the consistency.
katdixon2012
2nd Jul, 2012
4.05
I've made these a few times now - they are so tasty! It's worth sticking to the ingredient amounts carefully though, or it can get a bit sticky. I would definitely recommend this recipe!
fungaipatience
22nd Apr, 2012
5.05
Made these tonight and they came out beautifully. Cut down honey to 140 and butter to 75g (for diabetic mum) and they are still so sweet. awesome recipe.
my_calcifer
7th Feb, 2012
5.05
Oh my gosh I am in LOVE with these biscuits!!! Don't bother with the icing, but melt some dark chocolate and cover the bases or tops. You don't need much! Perfectly spiced, great taste!!

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