Who doesn’t love gingerbread at Christmas time? It’s the perfect sweet treat to go with a mug of chai tea or cocoa (which is what Christmas is all about, right?!). As well as gingerbread, I’ve also been pretty addicted to lebkuchen this winter. Lebkuchen is basically a softer, slightly more cakey version of classic gingerbread. Traditionally, it’s finished with a thin glaze of icing and flavoured with ground nuts and spices. So yeah, it’s pretty damn good.
I thought I’d have a go at combining the two sweet treats, by baking some gingerbread and coating it with the classic lebkuchen-style glaze. I’ve even topped it off with some edible gold glitter for that extra Christmas kick! Check out the recipe below – it’s quick, easy and oh-so-festive…
Christmas gingerbread lebkuchen recipe
Adapted from this recipe.
- 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 125g butter
- 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- Edible gold glitter
- Seive the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into a food processor, then add the butter.
- Blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar.
- Beat the egg lightly antibiotics with the golden syrup, add to the food processor and slowly mix together until the mixture forms a dough.
- Flour your work surface, then tip the dough out onto it. Knead until it’s smooth, then chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
- While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
- Tip the dough out onto your work surface again, then roll to approximately 0.5cm thickness. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes/
- Place the gingerbread men shapes onto a piece of parchment paper on top of a baking tray, then bake for 12-15 minutes (or until lightly golden-brown).
- Remove from the oven and on the tray to cool.
- Whilst cooling, make a fairly thin mixture of icing by dissolving icing sugar with a small amount of water (follow the specific instructions on the packet).
- When the biscuits have cooled, use a piece of parchment paper or a basting brush to apply a very thin coat of icing to the gingerbread.
- Sprinkle over a generous amount of edible golden glitter and leave to dry completely.
Do yourself a favour this winter and whip up a batch of these gingerbread lebkuchen biscuits, I promise you won’t regret it! – Mike.