To make original German Lebkuchen, you need:
- A very motivated sister
- Approximately 5 hours
- A clean kitchen (at least one out of the five hours)
- A good stomach to try the dough, the sugar decoration, the first hot Lebkuchen and the cold decorated ones
Furthermore, it is advised to take the following ingredients:
- 1200 gr white flour
- 550 gr honey
- 250 gr butter
- 250 gr sugar (the result is not as sweet as it may seem now)
- 30 gr dark cacao powder
- 1 package of Lebkuchen spices (approx. 20 gr)
- 2 eggs
- 1 package of backing powder
- Some salt
It’s really easy: Just heat the butter slowly with the honey, the sugar, the spices and the dark cacao powder until you have a nice, creamy, liquid sauce. Meanwhile, you mix the flour (all of it) with the baking powder and the salt. Add the eggs and slowly the warm (not hot!) spices-butter-honey-sugar-cacao mix and knead all of this until you get a nice, smooth and greasy dough. Give it a rest (half an hour or half a day) while you clean the kitchen.
The optimised approach to get the biscuits is to roll out the dough directly 5 mm thick on the greased backing tray and to cut out stars, moons, hearts and whatsoever else. Once this is done, the dough remaining between the cutout forms is just taken out. Baking time: 10-12 minutes in a well heated 200°C environment (= oven). To be done over and over and over again until all the dough is used. Let it cool down.
After one hour (you may enjoy something salted after all the sweet stuff) you need:
- 2 egg-whites
- 250 gr icing sugar
You beat up the egg-white with a kitchen machine until it gets a bit more solid, then you sieve the icing sugar into it while continuing stiring the kitchen machine. I should have taken a video for better illustration but I needed both my hands for this. Once you get a nice, smooth and brilliant white paste, you can start decorating the Lebkuchen with this and other evt. coloured sugar stuff.
Give it another rest (12 hours), clean the kitchen (again) and enjoy (if you still can) the nice smell of Lebkuchen which will be everywhere in your place.
* Gingerbread, pain d’épices
** I upload my photos of what we got out of this procedure as soon as I have an opportunity.
*** Warning: The quantities given here are enough to make Lebkuchen for a very, very big family and all of your friends. Taking 600 gr flour, 270 gr honey and so on, will still give you plenty of it.