Lebkuchen. German Xmas gingerbreads to practise.

There are some great recipes for Lebkuchen out there, but this is the one that works best for us. I decided to start practising making them when I found out ALDI may not have them this year and panicked. They have them now, but tbh I prefer the homemade ones.

Ingredients.

For the cakes:

  • 500g wholemeal flour and raising agents
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar, brown or cane
  • 1 egg
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4tbsp honey or 1tbsp molasses
  • 2tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1tbsp powdered ginger
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2tsp allspice
  • 1/2tsp paprika

For the frosting:

  • 60g dark chocolate
  • 20g salted butter
  • 2tbsp chocolate sauce
  • 2tbsp honey

Utensils.

  • mixing bowl and fork
  • large ceramic bowl, small ceramic bowl and spoon
  • small pot
  • greased, lined or nonstick baking tray

Recipe.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Place chopped ginger, half the sugar and the lemon juice in the small pot and cook on a very low heat until the sting is gone from the ginger. Add a little water if it starts to dry.
  3. Mix all the dry cake ingredients.
  4. Incorporate the eggs, lemon and water until the dough is stringy, pourable, but retains some firmness.
  5. Pour into a baking tray and spread out evenly.
  6. Bake until a skewer comes out clean. At 1″ thick, ours took 40 minutes.
  7. Leave the cake to cool.
  8. Once cool, pour boiling water into the large ceramic bowl and place the small ceramic bowl inside it.
  9. Put the chocolate in the small bowl and stir as it melts. Replace the hot water as required to keep the chocolate melty.
  10. Stir in the other ingredients.
  11. Pour over the cake.
  12. Leave the cake to cool.
  13. Slice and serve.

I’m starting to worry I haven’t seen any turrón lately either… Maybe time to dig out another recipe.

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WWW. Shakshouka with Spiced Bread and Plum Cake.

Oh dear, I fell asleep without writing this yesterday. 😦

The blog will see some more life again over the next few weeks, so looking forward to that.

Anyhow, yesterday I decided to break out our plum jam. It was well-sealed, had no smell and showed no signs of going off, plus, it was baked. Had it over 36 hours ago, so I’m almost safe in assuming it wasn’t hiding c. botulinum. :p

For now, here’s the recipes.

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Recipe 1: Shakshouka.

Shakshouka is an African dish assumed to be of Tunisian origin that consists of eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce. Delicious, nutritious, not very high in calories or carbs, so I’d recommend having with bread or rice.

Jon’s rating: 8/10. Or 8/8 because he really wants it again, even though it wasn’t amazing.

Ingredients:

-1l chopped tomatoes

-5 medium carrots

-1 onion

-4 cloves garlic

-12g butter

-4 eggs

-1tsp Chinese five spice

-1tsp pepper

-1/2tsp paprika

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-vegetable peeler or shredder

-large frying pan

Recipe:

1: Use the vegetable peeler or shredder to thinly slice the carrots.

2: Finely chop the onion and garlic.

3: Place them in the pan with the butter and cook through.

4: Stir in the spices.

5: Make four holes in the sauce. Crack an egg into each.

6: Cook until the eggs are solid.

Recipe 2: Spiced Bread.

A lightly spiced loaf to go with heavily spiced foods.

Jon’s rating: 7.5/10

Ingredients:

-350g self-raising flour or flour of choice with raising agents

-cold water

-2tsp cinnamon

-1tsp ginger

-1/4tsp cloves

-1/2tsp chilli

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and spoon

-greased or non-stick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the dry ingredients. Add salt or sugar to bring the flavours out more.

2: Slowly stir in the water until the mix is fluid but stringy.

3: Pour into the baking tray.

4: Bake at 160C for 35min, or until a fork comes out clean.

5: Cool before serving.

Recipe 3: Plum Cake.

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Made with my plum jam. Turned out not very sweet, so some sort of icing or serving with ice-cream may be an idea if you have a sweet tooth.

Jon’s rating: 6/10 cold, 7/10 warm.

Ingredients:

-500ml plum jam

-300g self-raising flour or flour of choice with raising agents

-30g chocolate

-50g walnuts and brazils

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and spoon

-chopping board and knife

-greased or non-stick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Chop the chocolate, walnuts and brazils.

2: Mix in the flour and jam.

3: Pour into the baking tray. Bake at 160C for 35min or until a fork comes out clean.

And that’s what we had for lunch yesterday. 🙂

TTFN and Happy Hunting.

Wonderful Wednesday Wok. PIE, more gari and butter-icing.

Something a bit more creative this week. A chicken pie for mains and spiced bread with cinnamon butter-icing for pudding. All made using Gari.

Recipe 1: Chicken Pie.

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Ingredients:

-300g gari or another coarse flour

-100g butter

-5 eggs

-chicken scraps (200-300g)

-300g cooked potato, cabbage and carrot

-200g cooked peas

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the flour with the butter and the eggs until a rough dough is formed.

2: Divide in half. Spread one half across the base of a greased baking tray.

3: Bake at 160C for 35min.

4: Cut up and layer the chicken and vegetables along the base of the pie. Add the peas on top.

5: Roll out the remaining dough to fit as a lid. Place it over the pie and press the sides down into the base of the pie.

6: Bake at 160C for 35min.

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Recipe 2: Spiced Bread with Cinnamon-Butter-Icing.

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Ingredients:

For the bread:

-200g Gari or rough flour

-6 eggs

-5tsp cinnamon

-2tsp ginger

-1/4tsp cloves

-2tsp sugar

For the icing:

-100g butter

-5tsp sugar

-1tsp cinnamon

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and spoon

-greased baking tray

-cup and fork

-knife

Recipe:

1: Mix the flour, sugar and spices in a bowl.

2: Crack in the eggs and mix thoroughly.

3: Pour into the baking tray.

4: Bake at 160C for 1h.

5: Leave to cool.

6: Place the butter, sugar and cinnamon in the cup.

7: Use the fork to mash the sugar and cinnamon into the butter.

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8: When the bread is cool, spread the icing over it.

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And that was Jon’s lunch today. 🙂

Getting tempted to steal his chicken pie, looks nice…

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