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Chocolate lebkuchen recipe

Chocolate lebkuchen recipe

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This is my take on the traditional German Lebkuchen, a Christmas mainstay. These slices are great to have to hand for unexpected guests during the festive season.

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IngredientsServes: 50

  • 250g caster sugar
  • 275g honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 340g plain chocolate chips
  • 120g chopped almonds
  • 80g candied mixed fruit, chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 60ml orange juice
  • 350g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 180g icing sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons green decorating sugar
  • 4 tablespoons red jelly beans or other red sweets

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:45min ›Extra time:2days chilling › Ready in:2days1hr

  1. Combine sugar, honey and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, stir together the honey mixture with the chocolate chips, almonds, candied fruit, eggs and orange juice. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder; stir into the fruit and nut mixture. Tightly cover the bowl, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days to blend the flavours.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour a swissroll tin. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared tin.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool and ice with the orange icing.
  4. To make the orange icing, put the icing sugar in a small bowl, and beat in the orange juice 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Spread over the cooled traybake. Cut bars into diamond shapes, and place sweets on top then sprinkle with the green sugar.

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Reviews in English (10)

I had been looking for a lebkuchen recipe for a long time. I enjoyed making them, they tasted really good. I went to the cinema with a German friend and took some of these for us to eat during the film with a cup of coffer. I didn't tell my friend what I had made, and she spontaneously said " Very authentic darling, can I have the recipe ? "-13 Mar 2011


I am half German and have searched for years for a recipe that comes close to the ones my uncle sent us when I was young. This is it! Thank you, Juanita! Forget the cinnamon candy (totally unauthentic!), but use nonpareils. These look like brownies, so it might be a good idea to warn guests! The cloves were too strong when the cookies were fresh, but after a few days they tasted fine to us. I used parchment for these, and did not grease it or the sheet. These keep well and don't dry out sitting out on the buffet table for hours. Enjoy!-27 Dec 2000

by ntrenis

This is the most authentic recipe I have found for lebkuchen. I added grated lemon and orange peel to the dough. For the icing I added orange peel and more juice to make a thin glaze.Another commenter suggested "dropping" these on parchment paper, which I did. Made a very authentic cookie. Roll into golf-ball size for the most attractive cookie.Do not overbake. At 325 F, check at 15 mins for golf-ball sized dough balls.After you cool the honey sugar mix, the most effective way to mix is with your hands. It's a difficult and messy step, but I believe it is what makes these so authentic.What's up with the red hots?!? Forget about it!-26 Dec 2008

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