LEBUCHEN at the Christmas Market (Photo: Stephen Block)

What is it about Christmas that brings out the desire to make cookies? It’s like having a biological clock and it’s about ready to go off , signaling that you’re too old to bear children. It’s a few weeks to go before Old Christmas at the Fort so it’s time to make some German Christmas goodies for German Old Christmas.

I subscribe to a wonderful online blog, THE KITCHEN PROJECT: “FOOD HISTORY”, creaded by Stephen Block. He’s a very knowledgeable and personable man and the blog is worth subscribing to. This month he traced the history of the LEBUCKEN cookie. You can read all about it here. http://www.kitchenproject.com/GermanGoodies/m/

I made his recipe last year and it’s excellent. Here it is:

Ingredients:

1 C. sugar                 5/8 C. butter or shortening; (may use half butter and half shortening                 1 egg, beaten                 2 C. molasses                 4 TB candied orange peel                 cut fine                 1TB grated lemon rind                 6 C. flour                 2 tsp. soda                 2 tsp. bakers ammonia (optional) ½ tsp. ground cloves ½ tsp.ground nutmeg                 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp coriander or cardamom (optional) ¾ C. buttermilk               1 C. almonds, blanched and split into halves (for decoration)

INSTSTRUCTIONS:

1 .Cream sugar and butter or shortening.  Stir in egg and molasses, and orange peel. 3 . Sift together the flour, soda, Bakers Ammonia and spices. 4 . Combine dry ingredients alternately with milk to molasses mixture. 5 . Store overnight in the refrigerator.

*Note; The longer you store this dough up to 6 months the better it gets. I leave the egg  out if I am going to let this dough age.

6 . Next morning, roll out on floured board to ¼ inch thickness. Using fluted cutting wheel if possible, cut into 2 x 3 inch rectangles.

Top with an Almond half. Sometimes I use a marichino cherry half. You can top with slivered or sliced almonds or a decoration of your choice.

Bake the cookies on 325 degrees for 20- 25 minutes until lightly browned.

Let cool.

Store the cookies in a cookit tin or plastic storage container.  They improve with age.

They firm up a bit and are very good to serve with coffee or tea.

NOW IF YOU WANT THIS WITH PICTURES AND ALL, CLICK HERE AND YOU’LL SEE IT ALL.

http://www.kitchenproject.com/german/recipes/Cookies/BrauneLebkuchen/index.htm

 

 

 

 

 

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