Saturday, December 8, 2012

The christmas baking in the making

Bringing you today 2 recipies for gingerbread! One is the typical german type of gingerbread that is eaten throughout the christmas season, the other one is actually built little "witchhouses", but I'm there are other ways to use it too.

don't have an image of the finished ones, ate them already!
So, off to #1: the typical german gingerbread, called Lebkuchen:

You need:
200g powdered hazelnuts
200g powdered almonds
200g candied orange peel
200g candied lemon peel
1 teaspoons of "Lebkuchengewürz"/ gingerbread spices (Or instead: Anis,  cinnamon, lemon peel, cardamon, mutmeg, coriander, fennel and orange peel, mixed to your liking)
2 teaspoons of cinammon
2 tablespoons of honey
150g sugar
5-6 eggs
wafer (optional)

What you have to do:

Mix the sugar, honey and eggs, and stirr them until it's "fluffy". Then add the other ingredients one after another. The candied orange and lemon peel come in last, and it is best to cut them in small pieces before. Putting a bit of flour onto them before mixing is helping there.

Prepare a iron sheet with baking paper. Wet your hands a little bit, take a part of the dough, form it and put it either onto a  wafer or directly onto the baking paper. You can decorate it with almonds or other nuts. Put it into the oven for about 20 mins with 150°C.

#2: The Hexenhäuschen kind of gingerbread/honeycake:

You need:
200g honey
100g sugar
50g butter
2 eggs
500g flour
1 teaspoon cinammon
1 package of backing poweder (roughly 5g)

For the decoration (optional):
400g powdered sugar,
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 eggwhite

What you have to do:

Warm up the honey together with the sugar until that one is dissolved. In the meantime, mix the butter and the eggs until it's a nice mixture. Put both of that mixtures together. Mix the cinammon, backing poweder and flour with each other, and add the wet mixture. Knead it until it's a nice and flexible dough. Roll it out, and cut either squares outside if you want to make a house after all, or use any other forms you can think of.

Put them on a iron sheet with baking paper and put it into the oven for about 20 mins with 150°C. Be careful not to let it in the oven for too long, or else it'll get really hard. Very hard.

After it's cooled down, you can decorate it, beat the eggwhite, and add the powdered sugar and the lemon juice. Use that mixture to "glue" the pieces together, or to make decorations on top. When it's dried, it's gonna be really hard, too.

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