Thursday, September 19, 2013

Oktoberfest Lebkuchen Hearts Recipe

Oktoberfest Lebkuchen Heart
German Oktoberfest Lebkuchen Heart
September is always the time when you should be prepared for Oktoberfest. Even though it may sound weird, Oktoberfest actually begins in September. So make sure you have everything you need for your private Oktoberfest. Brezen, Bier and the famous traditional Oktoberfest Lebkuchen Hearts. Also known as Gingerbread hearts or just Lebkuchenherzen, as we call them in Germany.

If you do not have a good German bakery in your neighborhood, we encourage you to bake your own home made Lebkuchenherzen. Which is much easier than you might think and also allows you to make them from scratch with the best available ingredients. And so we would like to share our favorite Lebkuchen heart recipe with you. This German gingerbread recipe can of course also be used for other traditional German and Austrian baked goods such as Weihnachtslebkuchen.

Here is what you need to make i little more than 4 lbs of gingerbread dough:

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INGREDIENTS


  • Honey 26.5 oz
  • All purpose flour 18 oz
  • Almond meal 11.6 oz
  • Bread crumbs 8 oz
  • Candied fruit mix 5.6 oz
  • Cocoa powder (unsweetened) 0.8 oz
  • Ammonium carbonate 0.2 oz
  • Pottasche 0.17 oz
  • Fresh orange zest 0.066 oz
  • Cinnamon powder 0.066 oz
  • Fresh lemon zest 0.035 oz
  • Clove powder 0.035 oz

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PREPERATION:


  • Bring honey in a casserole to 120 degree farenheit
  • Chop candied fruits until they are finely chopped. Best way to do this is by using a food processor.
  • Mix cocoa powder with bread crumbs.
  • Put warm honey into the bowl of a stand mixer
  • With the dough hook lowly stir in flour, almond meal and breadcumb/cocoa mix by increasing the speed as the dought becomes thicker and heavier.
  • While mixing add cloves powder, orange zest, lemon zest, cinnamon powder, ammonium carbonate and Pottasche.
  • When mixed everything evenly, remove dough from bowl and let rest on a non-stick liner on the counter top until it cools down.
  • When cooled down, with the rolling pin roll out the dough 2/8 inch thick
  • Take the heart shaped cookie cutter and put the hearts on a baking sheet that is covered with a non-stick liner.
  • Bake Lebkuchen hearts in a convection oven at 370 farenheit until they get a nice brown - but not too dark - color.



When gingerbread hearts completely cooled down, you can start with the decoration. Either use your favorite icing or make your own icing too! Which is also easier than you might think. And the best of all: you exactly know what's in it! Only confectioners sugar, egg whites and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

What you need for the home made icing

INGREDIENTS
Confectioners sugar 16 oz (= 1 lb)
Whites of egg 3 pcs
Freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 tbsp
Water (if too thick)
Food color

PREPERATION
In a mixing bowl add sieved confectioners sugar, egg whites and lemon juice.
Mix until it becomes thick and foamy.
Split incing among as many different small bowls as you would like to have different colors.
Stir in food colors and put into pastry bags.