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  • Writer's pictureSusanne Devine

Need some last minute chocolate gingerbread for the holidays?

If you need to feed some people in style - here a quick and guaranteed to work recipe to make your very own Lebkuchen:

For about 30 7cm x 7cm squares you need:

Baking tray 30cm x 40cm

  • 80g mixed peel

  • 60g soft butter

  • 100g castor sugar

  • 200g honey

  • grated peel of a fresh lemon

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 2 large eggs

  • 50g cocoa

  • 250g self-raising flour

  • 4 tbsp milk

  • 150g roasted finely chopped hazelnuts

How to make them:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees before you start making these goodies and line the baking tray with baking parchment.

Mix the soft butter with the honey, spices and grated lemon peel till soft and creamy. Add the first egg and whisk for a good half minute before adding the second one and whisking it in well again.

Add the cocoa and flour alternately with the milk and keep whisking so a smooth batter forms.

Finally gently fold the hazelnuts and mixed peel in, then pour the mixture onto your prepared baking tray and bake for about 20-25 minutes till set and firm to the touch.

If you don't want any faff now, just leave to coole and feel free to just eat once you've cut it into squares, but I can recommend a little Amaretto glaze to add a certain 'je ne sais quoi' to the Lebkuchen (plus it looks prettier, too).

Sieve 100g of icing sugar and mix with 2-3 spoons of Amaretto to get a fairly liquid mixture and brush the hot gingerbread (before cutting!!!) with this. Leave to cool and then cut into square/shapes of your choice.

Enjoy your Christmas everyone even though it's a bit different in this very weird year of 2020!

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