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Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen is a traditional German biscuit similar to Gingerbread, but softer. This recipe will make up to 50 pieces and is cut after baking. Time to make about 60 minutes.

Ingredients

Weight/
Volume
Ingredients
GROUP 1
10 g Cinnamon, ground 1¼ tbsp
3 g Cloves, ground 1⅓ tsp
1 g Allspice, ground ½ tsp
⅓ g Nutmeg, ground
0.75 g Coriander, ground ⅖ tsp
0.75 g Cardamom, ground ⅖ tsp
0.75 g Ginger, ground ⅖ tsp
GROUP 2
160 g Golden Syrup ⅔ cup
125 g Butter ½ cup
GROUP 3
150 g Whole Eggs 3 each
GROUP 4
250 g Wallaby Bakers Flour 1½ cups
40 g Cocoa Powder ½ cup
10 g Baking Powder 2 tsp
80 g Milk ½ cup
GROUP 5
30 g Orange Rind 3½ tbsp
6 g Lemon Rind 1 tbsp

Method

  1. Mix all the spices in Group 1 well together, and stand aside.

  2. Place ingredients from Group 2 into a saucepan, and heat until combined.  Be careful not to burn.  Set aside to cool, and scrape into a mixing bowl.

  3. Using an electric mixer with beater attachment, add all ingredients from Group 3 and Group 1 to the mixing bowl, then cream on high speed for 10 minutes.  Scrape the bowl and beater/s down several times.

  4. Sift the dry ingredients of Group 4, well together.

  5. Slowly add the dry sifted ingredients from Group 4 to the mixer running on slow to medium speed, alternating with the milk over 1 - 2 minutes to form a soft paste.

  6. Stir in the lemon and orange zest from Group 5 with a spoon or on slow speed until just mixed through.

  7. Take a papered 30 x 20 cm baking tray, and scrape the paste onto the paper, and press by hand to the desired thickness.  If the area of the baking tray is not covered, place a piece of rolled up alfoil across the end of the paste to keep the end square and tidy.

  8. Bake at 180°C until nicely browned 15 - 20 minutes.

  9. When the baking is complete, allow to cool a bit.  The cookie base will be easier to cut while still a bit warm.

  10. 150 g of icing sugar, and 2 tablespoons of hot water can be mixed together for icing if desired.

  11. If iced, it can be decorated with half cherries, and slivered almonds.

Helpful Hints

  • Can be spread more thinly on a larger tray, and baked longer at 160°C to dry like a normal gingerbread.
  • Not suitable for making Gingerbread Houses.

  • Laucke Specialities
  • 50 pieces
  • Bake Time 15 - 20 minutes
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