Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 30

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze dough only
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
102
protein
2g
carbs
16g
fat
4g
saturates
2g
fibre
0.5g
sugar
9g
salt
0.16g

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 85g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200ml clear honey
  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest
  • 85g butter
  • pinch each ground cloves, grated nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the icing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 egg white, beaten

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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

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2006

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lalluviaquecaera's picture
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Yum! These are delicious! Will definitely use this recipe again!

jigglegin's picture
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also, they are good covered in dark chocolate too

jigglegin's picture
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These taste fantastic and worked really well.
Just a quick tip though - leaving the mixture a bit longer, even after it's cool makes the texture a bit more authentic - in traditional german recipes the mix can be left up to a week! The recipe is fine how it is though, I have a lot of German friends and they were impressed!

alir82's picture

Fantastic :) These will be given as gifts this year for certain.

The only change I made was to add a squeeze of lemon-juice into the icing and I also dipped the biscuits 3 times for an extra nice topping.

cat_stan's picture

Any idea how long these will keep in an airtight container? I want to make some as Christmas presents!

numberonegoat's picture
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These biscuits are SO easy to make and were very tasty indeed - I didn't even put the icing on the top and my biscuits disappeared within 5 mintes of setting them down! I will defo make these again!

alexia's picture
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My daughter asked me to bake her gingerbread-man biscuits, so I have found this recipe. Fantastic taste and what a great fun to make it with your kid. Love it. Definitely will make again

qiandao's picture
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These biscuits are great!!
They bring Christmas cheer. A nice winter warmer any time of year.

Try them

Metta
Qian

katieaisthorpe's picture

I made these the other day they tasted fantastic, decided I am going to make as Chrsitmas presents for family. just a note for people using fan assisted ovens only bake for 12 minutes. yum.

wreynolds's picture

In response to AlanWooler, I think they mean a pinch of each of the 3 spices listed

alanwooler's picture

Sorry to be so silly, but I am new to cooking. What is "pinch each ground cloves"?
Is this one pinch of ground clove?

kmaplesden's picture
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Very easy to make and tasted better than the bought ones.

I would recommend making thin ones if you want something like the ones from the shop.

claremw's picture
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Very easy to make. They smell like christmas!

lizdevereau's picture
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Not what I expected. Very tasty, but I wanted something that resembled the lebkuchen one buys. This was a denser more biscuity morsel. May be the way they were formed. I'll try making them twice as big.

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