Nürnberger Elisen Lebkuchen – soft german gingerbread

The Elisen Lebkuchen of Nuremberg are my great Christmas favourites! I love them to the point that a couple of years ago, when in England we did not yet find almost all European products, I asked my family to send them by post!

The difference between the Lebkuchen and the Elisen Lebkuchen is that Elisen Lebkuchen does not contain flour but only nuts! That, plus the fact that no dairy product is used is ideal for those who follow a lactose-free and gluten-free diet.

Now, thanks to one of my sisters, I finally found a delicious recipe on a German website (Chefkoch) where this recipe got over 1000 votes with a score of 4.9 stars out of 5. No more hesitation! That’s THE recipe!! The only change I made is to decrease the amount of sugar because for me it was too sugary.

Normally the Elisenlebkuchen are served in round shape decorated with nuts or candied fruit, but the German steps you find them in the style that I also favor, ie with a paper St Nicholas stupck on a rectangular Lebkuchen. My mother already prepared our Saint Nicholas treats with the same images.

  • 6 eggs
  • 130g sugar, brown
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Lebkuchen spice
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 250g almonds, ground
  • 250g hazelnuts, ground
  • 200g candied lemon peel, slightly more finely crushed in a blender
  • 200g candied orange peel, still slightly more finely crushed in a blender
  • fine waferpaper
  • 200g melted chocolate

Beat the eggs, sugar and honey until the mixture is foamy. Mix the rest of the ingredients into it to form a dough. Spread the dough flat on the wafers (yield about 30pc/90mm diameter or about 40pc/70mm diameter).

Place the Lebkuchen on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 150 degrees C for about 20 minutes.

After cooling, cover with melted chocolate or sugar icing.

Tip: with my Thermomix I have no problem to chop the candied fruit peels more finely, but apparently it’s more difficult with a traditional blender. My sister has found a solution to this dilemma. Add some of the beaten eggs to the blender with the candied peel and blend it together.

The decorations for the rectangular Lebkuchen are bought in Germany in stationery shops or here.

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