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what are those yummy German Christmas biscuits

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warthog Sun 23-Oct-11 19:07:45

called that are a bit like Speculaas, soft and have white icing? sort of ginger-bready like with perhaps some more spice?

and does anyone have a good recipe for them?


Beamur Sun 23-Oct-11 19:08:22

Lebkutchen? Google recipes for honey cakes too.

HelveticaTheBold Sun 23-Oct-11 19:10:45

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punkinpie Sun 23-Oct-11 19:12:39



SilentSinger Sun 23-Oct-11 19:12:42

I use this recipe for lebkuchen, it's really tasty.

MonsterCherry Sun 23-Oct-11 19:12:55

they are yummy!

warthog Sun 23-Oct-11 19:25:31

YES!!! those are the ones.

i used to make pfeffer cookies when i was a sprog but they weren't quite the same.

i'll have to give them a go! thanks for the recipe silentsinger.

MamaPizza Sun 23-Oct-11 19:31:10

Are you sure it isn't Spekulatius rather than Lebkuchen? They are completely different. You can get them at Lidl and Aldi, have already seen them.

MamaPizza Sun 23-Oct-11 19:36:54

Have a look at this LIDL range. You need to scroll down a little.

Spekulatius are the ginger type biscuits that I think you were talking about.

The gingerbread is Lebkuchen which is softer from the outside.

You should also try a Stollen, very yummy.

LydiaWickham Sun 23-Oct-11 19:39:45

oooh, Lebkuchen, so very very wonderful! Really the taste of Christmas now, most other 'Christmas treats' are now available all year round, but there's something so very festive about Lebkuchen. (Even if I do ever see it for sale outside of the Christmas period I refuse to buy it on the grounds that I have to save something that will only be in the house at that time of year, hopefully I'll pass 'taste associated with Christmas' on to DS....)

warthog Sun 23-Oct-11 19:48:40

MamaPizza, those all look totally delicious and I wish I hadn't clicked on your link now, because my tummy is rumbling. How am I going to stop myself from cooking these things before December?

LydiaWickam - I totally agree. You can get hot cross buns all the time now and it really takes the specialness out of things. What's the point if you can have it at any time? It's the longing and drooling in anticipation that makes it worthwhile. <anal emoticon>

MamaPizza Sun 23-Oct-11 20:04:45

Why bake? Just go to Lidl and enjoy grin

I am from Germany and a friend is coming in a fortnight and I can't wait for all the goodies she is going to bring with her. Mmmhhh!

warthog Sun 23-Oct-11 20:31:12

ooh but i've always dreamt of actually making them and giving them as presents! our next door neighbour did this when i was a child, but her recipe was a closely guarded secret.

<i will probably just go to lidl and buy 33 packets, scoff half and pretend i only bought 15>

LordOfTheFlies Sun 23-Oct-11 20:39:51

Oh those mini stollen from Lidl always get great reviews in magazines.
The website says they are instore now.
Anyone seen them instore?
I may have to buy some early to taste-test them...

gabid Sun 23-Oct-11 20:45:26

I like the Nuernberger Oblatten Lebkuchen from Lidl that come with chocolate and sugar topping, but the recipe from SilentSinger looks interesting too. I will try those this Xmas, together with the 10 or so varieties of biscuits I usually bake. That's traditional too. My aunt in Germany usually bakes about 35 varieties and all her children come and get them from her.

NotnOtter Sun 23-Oct-11 20:47:35

Bettys do them all year round - yum!

MamaPizza Sun 23-Oct-11 20:49:38

If you like baking, get yourself this and I will send you a recipe for the yummiest Christmas cookies. But tomorrow, as off to bed in a moment as soon as X Factor is finished yawn

MamaPizza Sun 23-Oct-11 20:50:28

Lordoftheflies, the Stollen are already stocked so enjoy your taste-test smile

gabid Sun 23-Oct-11 20:54:47

MamaPizza - my granny used to have something like this and made really yummy Xmas biscuits with it. I don't have the recipes though, I am sure my aunt would have them though?

And, yes please, I would love to have your recipies!

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