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Lebkuchen Macaroons

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Lebkuchen stems from the German word 'Kuchen', meaning cake, and it is a traditional treat made in Germany during Christmas. It is a spiced biscuit, similar to gingerbread, and has a cake-like texture.

In this recipe I took the traditional flavours of Lebkuchen, and adapted it into a chewy meringue biscuit, a bit like a macaroon. Seeing how this is not the classic form, I see no problem with tradition, and eating it at times other than Christmas. Based on the brands I used, each biscuit is about 135 calories each.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 22 servings

Ingredients
300g dark chocolate
120g golden icing sugar
100g flaked almonds
30g mixed peel
30g glace cherries
2 eggs
tsp ground ginger
tsp ground cinnamon
tsp ground nutmeg
tsp mixed spice

Method



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Blend the almonds, mixed peel, cherries, spices, and 30g chocolate in a food processor.



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Separate the eggs, and whip the whites to soft peaks. Then whip in the icing sugar to create a thick creamy like texture.
Fold the meringue mixture into the spiced fruit and nuts.
Pre-heat the oven to 150 ༠C/ 130 ༠C fan/300 ༠F/2 Gas.



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Place tablespoon size drops onto a baking tray, and bake in the oven.



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Melt the remaining chocolate in a bowl over hot water.



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Once the Lebkuchen has cooled, pour the chocolate over the top of each one, and spread it across the surface.



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Allow the chocolate to set.

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#Christmas
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#Easy
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#Biscuit
#Meringue
#Macharoon
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