How to make lebkuchen recipe with honey and cinnamon

make lebkuchen recipeDid you know what is lebkuchen anyway? According to Wikipedia, lebkuchen is is a traditional German baked Christmas treat, somewhat resembling gingerbread.The German town of Nuremberg has been famous for its lebkuchen since the late 1300s, the soft, cakey cookies are traditionally made with several spices, candied citrus peel, hazelnuts, and almonds. In this recipes, it has molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, honey and brown sugar in it. This is one of my favorite memories of Germany at Christmas time.This is the best authentic lebkuchen recipes i’ve ever found, you have to try this.

Ingredients of lebkuchen recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup diced candied citron
  • 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
Making lebkuchen recipe

Making lebkuchen recipe

How to make lebkuchen recipe:

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the molasses and honey. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice,brown sugar, egg, and lemon zest. In a large bowl, mix together the cinnamon, cloves,flour, baking soda, allspice and nutmeg. Add the molasses mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the citron and hazelnuts. Cover dough and chill overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (or about 175 degrees C). Lubricate cookie sheets. Using a small amount of dough at a time, roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into small rectangles and place them 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for about ten to twelve minutes in the preheated oven, until no imprint remains when touched lightly. Brush the icing over the cookies while they are still hot and quickly remove them to wire cooling racks. Store in airtight container with a cup of orange or apple for a few days to mellow.
  4. To make the icing:You can mix the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat to between 234 and 240 degrees F (about 112 to 116 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Remove from heat and stir in the confectioners’ sugar. If icing becomes sugary while brushing cookies, re-heat slightly- adding a little water until crystals dissolve.

Those Lebkuchen taste absolutely authentic.All my German friends want this recipe–that’s how authentic it tastes.Notes about lebkuchen recipes :If you form it into a bar in using wax paper in a loaf pan and refrigerate, you can cut into slices and bake. Makes it less sticky.

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