Tuesday, December 11, 2012

German Lebkuchen

A friend of mine, Di van Eerden made these at Christmas time a couple of years ago and they are Delicious!!! She used small star shaped cookie cutters, a little bigger than a R5 coin and made them about 1cm thick (when baked).



German Lebkuchen

Ingredients:
4 t Bicarb
1 C Lukewarm Water
10 C Flour
3 C Sugar
1 C Ground Almonds

1 t Ground Cloves
1 T Cinnamon
1 C Mixed Peel (125g)

1 C Butter (250g)
2 Eggs
500g Honey

Method:
1. Dissolve the bicarb in lukewarm water.
2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Rub the butter into this and add the mixed peel.
3. Now add beaten egg to the mixture.
4. Now add the honey.
5. Knead this into a firm dough.
6. Leave the dough to stand in the fridge overnight.
7. The next day roll the dough our and cut into shapes.
8. Bake on a baking sheet at 180* for 10 minutes.
9. These can be enjoyed as they are, or cut a hole with a straw before baking if you want to hang them on a tree, or they can be iced with icing sugar mixed with a drop of lemon juice.

Makes: an ENORMOUS batch. (I bake half a batch at a time)
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