Spiced lebkuchen – video

 

Lebkuchen is a traditional German Christmas recipe. These spice-laden star biscuits are full of festive flavours and undeniably moreish. Here’s the full recipe, too.

Spiced lebkuchen – video

Spiced lebkuchen:

  • In a large saucepan, melt together the butter, honey, treacle, sugar and both citrus zests over a medium heat. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  • While the mixture is still warm, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, ground spices, bicarb of soda and salt. Stir in the ground almonds and add the egg yolk, then mix together to form a dough. Gently knead until smooth – it should be warm, very soft and slightly greasy.
  • Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough until about 1cm thick. It will be soft and sticky, but you don’t need to be gentle with it as it’s a robust dough.
  • Using your cutters, stamp out as many biscuits as you can, lifting them onto the prepared baking sheets with a palette knife. Re-roll the dough remnants and continue stamping out until you have about 35 biscuits.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes – the biscuits will still be quite soft when you take them out of the oven. Leave to firm up on the trays for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice to make a quite runny icing. Dip the biscuits face-down in the icing, then leave, icing-side up, to set on a wire rack.
Take a look out our full collection of Christmas baking recipes here. 

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