Auntie Sceb

Paper crafting my way to an apocalypse scrapbook with some knitting sewing and cooking thrown in.

Easter Lebkuchen Chicks

on April 3, 2015

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Lebkuchen are traditional German spice biscuits that are traditionally eaten at Christmas.  I find any excuse to eat them!!  These are tasty but are probabaly not authentic (especially eaten at Easer!!) mine are more of a biscuit than true lebkuchen which are more like a biscuit crossed with a cake.  The original recipe is from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1941/lebkuchen I have adapted it slightly the main change being swapping the ground almonds for flour, originally this was because my sister became allergic to nuts but it also makes it a cheaper recipe. The other change I made is I added lemon juice to the icing and omitted the raw egg – I just don’t like the idea of eating raw egg.  I have also made the quanties 1 1/2 the original based on how much honey I had!

Lebkuchen Recipe

Ingredients

500g plain flour – I accidently used self raising so omitted the baking powder!!

3 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 large pinches of ground cloves, ground nutmeg, black pepper

430g honey/300 mls (cheap value honey works fine)

130g butter (or margarine)

zest of 2 small lemons

Icing

100g icing sugar approx,

juice of 2 small lemons

Directions

1 Melt the honey and butter in a pan then pour into a bowl with the other ingredients,  Mix until combined.  Allow to cool so you can handle the dough.

2 Pre heat oven to 180°C/160°C (fan)/gas 4.  Roll dough to biscuit thickness (they will rise a little) then using a cutter of your choice cut out your shapes and put them on a baking tray with baking parchment.  Cook for 7/8 mins until golden. Allow to cool.

3 Mix lemon juice with icing sugar to make a runny icing.  Dip the top of the biscuit into the icing sugar allow to set , sprinkle with a bit of edible glitter if desired.  I find moving them around helps as the biscuits can become a bit soggy if left sitting in the wet icing.

This made 50 chicks.

Yum!

Lebkuchen Chicks Auntie Sceb

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