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.
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
100g spinneysFOOD Super Fine Icing Sugar
Line a baking tray with parchment paper
Put the honey and butter in a saucepan and melt over a low heat
Transfer to a mixing bowl and put in the fridge for 5 minutes
Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl
Take the honey-butter mix out of the fridge and sieve the dry ingredients into it
Stir to combine, making a dough
Place in the fridge for an hour until completely cooled
To make the lebkuchen
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
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.