Lebkuchen

Found in practically every Christmas market in Germany, why not make these traditional gingerbread cookies at home with the kids.
Lebkuchen by Nia Johnston
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Lebkuchen by Nia Johnston
December 17, 2018
Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time 15 minutes
Serves 15-18

Nia is a busy mum of three. Before moving to Dubai she lived in Germany for a couple of years, where her neighbour taught her to make these traditional cookies.

Tell us about lebkuchen.
During the festive season in Germany you will find lebkuchen in every Christmas market. It is similar to gingerbread.

Do you bake often?
I do. I make a lot of banana bread since it’s so easy and my kids love it. They come home from school and wolf it down. I also bake all their birthday cakes.

PHOTO BY Efraim Evidor
RECIPE BY Nia Johnston
FOOD STYLING BY Lydia Wessels
PROP STYLING BY Robyn Pretorius

INGREDIENTS

200g spinneysFOOD Honey
85g butter
200g spinneysFOOD All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp spinneysFOOD Fine Cinnamon
1 tsp spinneysFOOD Ginger Powder
½ tsp nutmeg, powdered
Zest of 1 lemon

METHOD

  • 1

    Zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • 2

    100g spinneysFOOD Super Fine Icing Sugar

  • 3

    Line a baking tray with parchment paper

  • 4

    Put the honey and butter in a saucepan and melt over a low heat

  • 5

    Transfer to a mixing bowl and put in the fridge for 5 minutes

  • 6

    Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl

  • 7

    Take the honey-butter mix out of the fridge and sieve the dry ingredients into it

  • 8

    Stir to combine, making a dough

  • 9

    Place in the fridge for an hour until completely cooled

  • To make the lebkuchen

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Remove the dough from the fridge. Dampen your hands before you handle it. Divide the dough into golf-ball-size spheres. Flatten each slightly. Transfer them to a baking tray, making sure there is enough space between each to allow them to expand. Bake for 15 minutes, until they're golden brown. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool

  • To prepare the glaze

  • 1

    Mix the lemon juice with the icing sugar. Dip the top of each lebkuchen into the glaze. Place on a wire rack to dry. Once dry, sprinkle some lemon zest on top.

NOTES


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