Saturday, 17 December 2016

Recipe: Lebkuchen

Yes, you can buy them, but making your own lovely lebkuchen biscuits is fun, a great one to do with the kids, and perfect for giving to friends and family as gifts or at home.  These German-style spiced biscuits are delicately spiced and delicious.


Lebkuchen

Makes about 12 biscuits

Ingredients

2 tbsp organic clear runny honey
40g unsalted butter
75g soft brown sugar
225g organic self-raising flour
2/3 tsp Steenbergs organic Lebkuchen spice mix
A pinch of organic traditional salt
50g cup organic ground almonds

For the icing:

100g organic icing sugar, sifted
3-4 drops of water

Method

1. Warm the honey, butter and sugar in a small saucepan.  Place it over a low heat and stir until the butter has melted and everything is well mixed.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

2. Sift the flour, Lebkuchen spice mix and salt into a mixing bowl, then add the ground almonds.

3. Add the melted butter mixture to the dry and mix to form a dough.  Knead until smooth, then wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.

4. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas mark 4.  Grease a baking tray and line with baking parchment.

5. Pinch off a small piece of dough and roll in the palm of your hand to get a ball, about the size of a golf ball.  Place on the baking tray and flatten.  Repeat until all the dough has gone.  (This quantity should make around 12.)

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the biscuits start to colour at the edges.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

7. To make the icing, slowly mix the water a drop at a time into the icing sugar until you get a soft piping consistency.  Once the biscuits are cool, transfer the icing to a piping bag and decorate them.


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