I am kicking off posting every day for the next 12 days of Christmas (not officially the 12 days but whatevs!!)

Following  my German heritage i bring you gorge lebkuchen. biscuits. Lebkuchen were first baked in the 13th century by monks in Nürnberg. I know you can buy ‘em from Lidl and Aldi but homemade and none mass produced types are a different beast. They definitely are not to everyone’s palate but I have grown up with these babies and can’t get enough! Before the Teutonic police jump on me – This isn’t a traditional recipe but my take on it.

If you have dogs do not hang on the tree!!!!

60g treacle

60g golden syrup

90g unsalted butter

100g melted dark chocolate

50g clear honey

30g dark brown muscovado sugar

350g self-raising flour,

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

½ tsp ground allspice

Pinch ground cloves

1 egg,

100g white chocolate for decorating

100g milk chocolate

1. Grab a pot , melt the butter, honey, chocolate, treacle and sugar together..  leave to one side.

2. Mix together all the dry ingredients

Then add the egg and butter mixture,

Either use a wooden spoon or place in a mixer and stir until a dough is formed

Roll it in to a ball, cover and place  in the fridge to  chill for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180 ̊C

Flour a worktop and , roll out the dough to just over 0.5cm thick.

Use a pastry cutter of your choice to cut shapes and then place on parchment sheets

Grab a cocktail stick to make a hole for hanging

Bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and get the cocktail stick and repoke to make sure the hole is big enough for twine

Leave  to cool for about 30 mins

pipe the dark chocolate on one side and neatly spread. Leave to set

 Then  grab another piping bag, melt the white choc and pipe your decorations

Leave to set.

Get some twine and thread through the hole

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