I need to try that, In German class we got to try some, for Christmas season. I have a recipe somewhere for it. It should still be in my German book/ binder. Man, I need to relearn that language. I want to go there someday! My goal when my son learns to communicate better, is to teach him.
You definietely should . Though - there are so many Lebkuchen-receips, with nuts, without etc, and even more christmas-cookie receips ^^.
In case you don't find your receipe - here is a Lebkuchen-receipe I quite like (it's called "Magenbrot"):
Ingredients (for the Lebkuchen itself): 250g Honey 300g Sugar 4 Tablespoons of Water 900g flour 3 Tablespoons cocoa 1 Teaspoon cinnamon 3 Teaspoons of lebkuchen-spices (my mixture includes cinnamon, anise, clove, cardamom, coriander and I have another one with a few more spices) 1 package of dried lemon peel (5-9 gramm) 1 package of dried orange peel 1 pinch of salt 3 Teaspoons of Natron 230ml of warm milk
Preparation (day 1): 1. Pour honey, water and sugar in a pot and heat it (it should not cook). The sugar should dissolve (if it doesn't it is not a problem - it should dissolve lateron). Take it off the stove. 2. Put flour, spices, orange and lemon into a large bowl and mix them well 3. Dissolve the Natron in warm milk 4. Add the natron-milk to the honey-sugar-mixture and mix them together (the sugar should dissolve now if it hasn't already). 5. Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the dried ingredients and mix everything together well. Let it rest over night.
Preparation (day 2): 6. Knead the dough well on the next day (I guess that step lacks some proper english ^^) 7. Break the dough up in 12 equal parts. 8. Out of every part, form a long roll that is about as long as the long side of your baking tray. Use some flour is necessary. 9. Heat the oven (190°C or 170°C with recirculating air) and bake them for 20-25 minutes. 10. After the baking, let the rolls cool down. Then cut them in about 2.5cm broad pieces, and they should not be cut straight. Um - reference picture here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mag… 11. Put frosting on them - see next steps . The frosting is necessary, otherwise the Lebkuchen gets hard and dry.
Ingredients (frosting): 400g Sugar 150ml water 2 teaspoons of lemon juice 1 tablespoon of cocoa
Preparation: 1. Put water, lemon juice and sugar into a pot. Heat them, and when it cooks bubbly, let it do so for about 2 minutes. 2. Take off the stove and mix in the cocoa.
Using on the Lebkuchen: Put about 1/4 of the Lebkuchen pieces into a (round) bowl. Add 1/4 of the still hot sugar-frosting. Carefully stir until all pieces are covered in frosting. Let them rest on baking paper, so that they don't touch each other. Continue that way for the other 3/4, too.
I recognized that sometimes they need long to dry, and sometimes short. I have no idea why. Though - I think if the frosting is shortly boiled up again after cooling a little bit, it somehow dried faster. Strange...
Store them in a tin (or in a plastic bag, that's what I do. Though I have to make sure they get some "air" sometimes). They should get soft after 2 days or so. And - they taste better when they rested a few days ^^
If you don't understand something in this receipe, please ask. I tried my best with translation, but it's not always easy...