Germen Lebkuchen recipe, similar to gingerbread this Christmas recipe is sure to go down a treat!
That wonderful time of year is here again, its German Lebkuchen recipe time. When the temperature drops, the nights get dark and Lidl/Aldi start to stock Lebkuchen. Sam looks forward to this every year, this year we got to Lidl the night before they officially went on sale and were lucky enough to be able to get them a night in advance. Now I have to admit that I wasn’t nearly as excited at the prospect of early Lebkuchen but they are without a doubt the best thing about Christmas for Sam so I obviously have to be a good girlfriend and try to recreate his favourite Christmas treat.
Since that night in Lidl I think we must have tried German Lebkuchen or German Gingerbread from just about every supermarket that sell it, Sam thinks himself a Lebkuchen connoisseur and has gone through about 5 bags in a few weeks. I actually prefer it to classic gingerbread, I prefer the soft texture to the crunch of classic gingerbread. I have also tried the apricot Lebkuchen that is available from some shops but I just can’t get on board with apricot jam so I decided that mine had to be plain.
German Lebkuchen is a soft ginger biscuit originating in Nurnberger in Germany, it is made with ground almonds, honey and spices which gives it a wonderfully rich flavour and moist texture. A must try this Christmas season!
I coated my German Lebkuche in dark chocolate because that’s my favourite and rose gold edible glitter because that’s what I had in the cupboards, but feel free to experiment with milk or white chocolate or you can use royal icing to coat your Lebkuchen. Try chopped nuts for decoration or decorate with coloured royal icing.
Ingredients – german lebkuchen
- 250g plain flour
- 85g ground almond
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp allspice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 200ml honey
- zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
- zest of ½ an orange, finely grated
- 85g butter
- 150g dark chocolate
- Pre-heat your oven to 180C/fan 160C. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and spray with non stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices. Add to this the ground almonds and the lemon/orange zest and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
- In a small saucepan over a medium heat melt the butter and add the honey, stirring to combine to two. When the butter has melted and the two have combined, add these to the dry ingredients, mixing well until everything has combined and you are left with a fairly solid dough. Cover your bowl and leave the dough to cool.
- When the dough has cooled, using your hands, form the dough into roughly 30 even sized balls. Flatten each ball slightly by pressing down with the palm of your hand and place on your baking tray leaving about 2cm around each dough ball to allow it to spread. If you are using only one baking tray you will have to bake the Lebkuchen in batches, don’t over crowd the tray as they will spread and stick together.
- Bake for 15 min then cool on a wire rack. When the Lebkuchen have baked, and have cooled fully you can then prepare the chocolate.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave, giving it bursts of 30 seconds at a time and stirring between each until all of the chocolate has melted. Dip the Lebkuchen into the chocolate coating just the top and leave to cool on a wire cooling rack.
- If you would like to decorate your Lebkuchen this is the time to do it whilst the chocolate is still melted, sprinkle edible glitter or any kind of decoration you would like.
And there you have it, easy homemade German Lebkuchen. If you try this recipe let me know how it goes by tagging @whatseatingmanchester in your social media post! For more festive baking ideas check out my blog.