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Old 11-27-2009, 02:04 PM
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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Looking for a good authinic recipe for lebkuchen. I grew up on Germany, now live in the states. I never cooked them myself but now that my mom has passed away and I don't have any of her recipes I have been trying to some I found on the internet but they really don't taste the same and there are so many different variations.

If anyone has one they have made themselves and know it's good. please post it.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:08 PM
Location: SoCal desert
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Thumbs up These are from my 'first' daughter ...

My German exchange student made these for me in 1989 - they were good! Yes, I keep almost everything

Lebkuchen (from Isabel S.)
6 dozen

1/2 cup honey (120 ml)
1/2 cup molasses (120 ml)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar (165 g)
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice (15 ml)
1 teaspoon lemon zest (2 g)
2 3/4 cups flour (345 g)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (2 g)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (2 g)
1 teaspoon cloves (2 g)
1 teaspoon allspice (2 g)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (2 g)
1/3 cup diced (really really small) candied citron (80 g)
1/3 cup chopped (really really small) hazelnuts (80 g)
milk or water, your preference
powdered sugar

Mix together the honey and molasses. Warm it up in the microwave and then stir in the brown sugar, egg, lemon juice and zest. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and spices. Add the molasses mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the citron and hazelnuts. Cover it and put in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease your cookie sheets. Using a small amount of dough at a time, roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into your shapes and place them 1 inch apart onto the cookie sheet.

(Make the frosting while they bake!) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until no imprint remains when you touch them. Brush the icing over the cookies while they are still hot and quickly remove them to wire cooling racks. After they cool, store in an airtight container. (if you put a piece of apple or a wedge of orange in with the cookies for 5 to 6 hours, it seems to make them ... better :-))

To make the icing: Combine the sugar and liquid to the consistency you like; should be on the thin side. You can always warm it in the microwave to make it thinner and easier to frost quickly.
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:45 PM
Location: Arlington Virginia
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Serendipity, I just heard this on NPR's All Things Considered regarding Lebkuchen cookies. Listen, read or download the podcast - 5 minutes. Scroll down the page to "Cookie Day In The Garage" to read and copy the recipe. (The other stories here are great too. I like "Drop The Brussels Sprout" )

Nontraditional Thanksgiving Traditions: Leftovers : NPR

Courtesy NPR and Brian Merrell, Lee's Summit, MO

Lebkuchen Recipe
2 eggs
1 C sugar
1/2 C candied orange peel finely chopped
1/2 C candied lemon peel finely chopped
3 C flour
1 t cinnamon
1 t cloves
1/3 C honey
1/4 C oil
1 C finely chopped filberts (hazelnuts)
1/2 t allspice
1/2 t soda or baking powder
1/3 C rum

Beat eggs and sugar, add oil and honey, then nuts and peel and mix well. Sift dry ingredients and add to create a stiff dough so will need to be mixed by hand. Add rum and mix. Roll out and cut. Chill dough first if desired. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (or to your liking — soft or crispy). While warm, ice with powdered sugar icing flavored with rum.
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