Recipe: Lebkuchen Christmas decorations

Recipe: Lebkuchen Christmas decorations

80m prep | 15m cook

Last updated

European Christmas baking traditions might seem incompatible with the heat of an Australian summer, but there's something indisputably romantic about the smells of ginger, cinnamon, butter and sugar emanating from the oven.

These German biscuits are at the heart of a German Christmas, prepared annually according to personalised family recipes, decorated with care, and shared whenever guests visit on a 'bunter teller' ('colourful plate') piled high with biscuit of every shape, colour and flavour. 

We've kept our lebkuchen biscuits simple and hung them from our light-filled Christmas tree, but you're a slathering of icing, a few glace cherries or a scattering of almond slices away from creating your own personal family traditions. 

For best results, ensure you use the freshest spices possible for this recipe. Spices, like any other ingredient, have a shelf life, and flavours diminish significantly over the course of a year. 

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Ingredients (Serves 8-10)

  • 120g honey
  • 120g muscovado (or brown) sugar
  • 65g unsalted butter
  • 115g plain flour
  • 115g rye flour
  • 75g almond meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 30g mixed peel, finely chopped
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

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