Lebkuchen are one of my favourite festive biscuits; German Christmas-time cookies redolent with ginger and mixed spices. This recipe from Mark Diacono’s Spice: A Cook’s Companion is a delight, easy to follow and so good it needs to be enjoyed throughout the year!
Read our full review of Spice: A Cook’s Companion by Mark Diacono and you may also like our review of Mark’s Diacono’s Herb: A Cook’s Companion.
Mark provides his own recipe for lebkuchengewürz (German gingerbread spice mix) in his book but we used a ready-made Hungarian Gingerbread spice mix instead, as the blend is pretty much the same.
- 150 g 5oz honey
- 60 g (2¼ oz) unsalted butter, softened
- 450 g (1 lb) plain (allpurpose) flour (see intro), plus extra for dusting
- 2 tbsp lebkuchengewürz (German gingerbread spice mix)
- 3 good pinches of salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 170 g (6oz) soft dark brown sugar
- finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 2 large eggs, briefly whisked
Pour the honey and butter into a small pan and warm over a low heat, stirring to combine.
Put all the remaining ingredients except the eggs in a bowl and stir in the honey butter. Slowly add the eggs while stirring: a tacky dough should come together. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 and line 2 or 3 baking sheets with baking parchment.
Lightly flour the work surface and roll the dough out to around 7–8mm (¼–½in) thick. Use a cookie cutter to make biscuits of whatever shape you favour. Place on the baking sheets and bake in the centre of the oven for about 12 minutes until very slightly risen; catch them before they darken too much. Cool on a wire rack.
They will store for 4–5 days in an airtight container.
We enjoyed these plain, dipped into hot chocolate sauce, and with vanilla ice cream.
Ours kept well for over a week in an airtight container.
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Kavey Eats received a review copy of Spice: A Cook’s Companion from publishers Quadrille. Photos by Kavita Favelle.
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