Er, anyone care to enlighten me as to what this weather’s about?? Brass monkeys on Tuesday, no jacket needed today… not that I’m complaining in the slightest but I just get the worried feeling that when winter comes, it’s going to come properly. and that’s not good 😦
But at least I got to enjoy this beautiful November/May weather, because I’m off today and tomorrow, using up holiday by the end of the year, so I spent all morning riding Inka and generally faffing about up at the yard.
I also had time to make this week’s contribution to:
12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies and Sweets – thanks to Brenda – scary to think this is week eight!
I’ve been wanting to make lebkuchen, those soft German gingerbread hearts, since I saw them in Asda a couple of weeks ago, so I was looking for a recipe but couldn’t find a decent-looking one. In the end, I came up with something that I thought would do. I wanted to try to recreate the soft chewiness of lebkuchen so I used a blend of GF flour and used the honey cookies as a guide for proportions of ingredients…
55g rice flour
55g blend of tapioca and potato flour (about half of each)
55g butter, at room temperature
55g brown sugar (I used a mix of light and dark brown)
1 egg yolk, beaten
1/2 tbsp treacle
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
Cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Beat in the honey and treacle, then add the egg yolk very gradually.
Sieve the flours, baking powder and spices together and add half of this to the butter mixture. Use a wooden spoon to bring it to a soft paste, then add the rest of the flour and mix well. Bring together in a ball and chill for an hour.
Preheat oven to 180C and form the dough into balls on a lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly and bake in the middle of the oven for 10-11 minutes, till just browning round the outside.
So had I made lebkuchen? In a word, no 🙂
They weren’t as soft as I’d hoped – I think decreasing the cooking time might work – but they were still good. If you want a recipe for soft, chewy gingerbread hearts, I’m working on it… but if you just want to make biscuity, gingery, spicy, randomly-shaped cookies, this recipe is the way to go.
Not quite – but nearly. I’m going to try the lebkuchen again – but I’m sure I’ll manage to force these down in the mean time… 🙂