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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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  1. Seive the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into a food processor, then add the butter.
  2. Blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar.
  3. Beat the egg lightly antibiotics with the golden syrup, add to the food processor and slowly mix together until the mixture forms a dough.
  4. 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.
  5. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  6. Tip the dough out onto your work surface again, then roll to approximately 0.5cm thickness. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes/
  7. 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).
  8. Remove from the oven and on the tray to cool.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

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