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Lebkuchen

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These soft German biscuits are made with honey and flavoured with ginger, cocoa and seasonal spices. You can ice them with a sugar glaze or with chocolate- whichever you prefer. Delicious with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:25
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the biscuits

  • 250g 8⅞ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
  • 75g 2¾ oz Almonds (ground)
  • 2tsp 2tsp Ginger (ground)
  • 1tsp 1tsp Cinnamon
  • pinch pinch Cloves (ground)
  • pinch pinch Nutmeg (ground)
  • 2tsp 2tsp Cocoa powder
  • 1tsp 1tsp Baking powder
  • 1tsp 1tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Honey
  • 75g 2¾ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 100g 3½ oz Mixed peel

For the topping

  • 100g 3½ oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
  • 100g 3½ oz Plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 3tsp 3tsp Water

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Weigh out the flour, almonds, spices, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a medium bowl.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 250g 8⅞ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
    • 75g 2¾ oz Almonds (ground)
    • 2tsp 2tsp Ginger (ground)
    • 1tsp 1tsp Cinnamon
    • pinch pinch Cloves (ground)
    • pinch pinch Nutmeg (ground)
    • 2tsp 2tsp Cocoa powder
    • 1tsp 1tsp Baking powder
    • 1tsp 1tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Melt the honey and butter in a pan over a low heat until the butter melts, then pour it over the flour and spice mixture. Mix well until the dough is combined and fairly stiff. Cover and leave to cool for 30 minutes.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200g 7⅛ oz Honey
    • 75g 2¾ oz Butter (unsalted)
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Heat oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4).

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Shape the dough into about 20 fat golf ball sized balls. Place on baking trays lined with baking parchment, leaving room for them to expand. Flatten each one to make a round biscuit about 1 cm thick. Bake for 15 minutes until just tinged brown on the edges, then cool on a wire rack.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Mix the icing sugar with a few teaspoons of water until you have a smooth, runny consistency. Dip the top of half of the biscuits in the icing and leave to set.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 100g 3½ oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
    • 3tsp 3tsp Water
  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Melt the chocolate in a microwave on medium power for 1 minute, or until melted. Dip the top of the remaining biscuits in the chocolate then leave to set.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 100g 3½ oz Plain chocolate (70% cocoa)