It’s such a hard life, having to make cookies every week *sigh* but someone’s got to do it. Come on, I’m taking one for the team here 🙂
This week’s contribution to 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies and Sweets comes from this one. My mum found the lebkuchen recipe in an old German book, full of enough biscuits and cookies to satisfy even me. I remember her making lots of the recipes when I was younger and seeing the pictures brought it all back.
So I knew I had to make these:
They’re called sables and they’re similar to shortbread, essentially. I say so without knowing exactly what they’re supposed to be; the book is entirely in German.
my very best GCSE German Google Translate, I’ve laboured to bring the recipe to you. Ahem.
35g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Tiny pinch of salt
125g rice flour
Sieved icing sugar (about 40g; according to taste)
Lemon juice (enough to make a paste)
Candied peel, cut into thin wedges
Cream the butter and sugar till well mixed then add the vanilla and salt and beat again. Stir in the flour till fully combined and bring together as a dough. Form the dough into a log about 2″ in diameter and chill for half an hour.
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Slice the log into 4mm-thick slices and place on a lined sheet. Bake in the middle of the oven for 12-14 minutes, until golden.
Mix icing sugar (about 40g) with enough lemon juice to make a paste and spread on to the cookies while they’re still warm. Cut triangles of candied peel and stick on to the icing.
Cue obligatory Christmas shot 🙂
I’m sure you can see that these have relatively little sugar in them but weirdly, they’re more than sweet enough. They’re also delicious, they’ve got a brilliant light, shortbready melt-in-your-mouth texture that goes perfectly with the lemon icing and candied peel.
Like I said…
It’s a tough job – but someone’s gotta do it 🙂