Honey Cake or Lebkuchen

For everyone looking for “Grampa’s” gingerbread house recipe–this is as close as we’ve been able to come and it works beautifully. The minced fruit and candied peel aren’t in here–but it was nasty anyway. So, your honey cake will probably NOT last until the Millennium…sorry. But dad also added things like powdered ammonia to some of his stuff and who even KNOWS what that was about? I can just hear him laughing his head off at us right now.

“Now, dear…it’s not gingerbread—it’s HONEYCAKE!”

I miss you, daddy. And all the secrets you took with you.  😀

Lebkuchen–Honey Cake

Ingredients:

3 cups sifted flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon rind (optional)
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon water

Stir together first 6 ingredients. In 1-quart saucepan, bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil. Cool.

In a large bowl stir together corn syrup mixture, egg, and lemon juice. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well blended. Cover; chill 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Roll out dough 1/4 at a time to 1/4″ thickness onto a well greased cookie sheet.  Bake in 400°F oven 6-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and place on rack. Cut into cookies or house pieces while it’s still warm.

If cutting into cookies, mix confectioners’ sugar and water. While still warm, brush with glaze.  Cool.

May be stored in tightly covered container for a dang long time.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Lebkuchen
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind (optional)
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Stir together first 6 ingredients.
  2. In 1-quart saucepan, bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil. Cool.
  3. In a large bowl stir together corn syrup mixture, egg, and lemon juice.
  4. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well blended.
  5. Cover; chill 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  6. Roll out dough ¼ at a time to ¼" thickness onto a well greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in 400°F oven 6-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and place on rack.
  9. Cut into cookies or house pieces while it's still warm.
  10. If cutting into cookies, mix confectioners' sugar and water.
  11. While still warm, brush with glaze. Cool.
  12. May be stored in tightly covered container for a dang long time.

5 Replies to “Honey Cake or Lebkuchen”

  1. Not yet, but it’s on my list of goodies we’re doing this next week or so! Yay!! I keep trying to get a plate of a few different kinds to share with friends but I can only manage one or two types a day and by the time I move on to another, we’ve eaten all the rest! Bad news for my friends (and my hips!). 😀

  2. Rebecca it is the closest we’ve been able to get to his recipe. His baked 21 in one batch. It does not scale down to just dividing that many. He also had different ingredients that either are not available anymore or are not items most people can get easily or in small amounts.

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