Last November, I had the privilege to learn from Oma on how to make her mother’s traditional Pfefferkuchen (another word for Lebkuchen) — it is quite the process, but it is well worth seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces anticipating the first bite into a soft spiced cookie, decorated with lemon glaze (which is basically fresh lemon juice and icing sugar). Lebkuchen also keeps well if you have to prepare your baking in advance.
What is Lebkuchen?
Lebkuchen (pronounced leb-ku-hen in German) is a kind of spiced gingerbread, but not all lebkuchen recipes contain the same proportion or types of spices. You *almost* could substitute food grade Ammonium Carbonate and Potassium Carbonate with Sodium Bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda), but you will NOT get the same texture as the ultimate food chemical reaction’s results are different. If you live in Edmonton, you’re in luck as K & K Foodliner carries not only the spices you’d need for this recipe, but they also sell both food grade ammonium carbonate and potassium carbonate. If you don’t live in Edmonton, however, you can shop on K & K’s website and get your items delivered to you by post.
Dear Albertan residents, Cynful Kitchen did a very first CHRISTMAS GIVE-AWAY!
(Note: the winner will pick up the $25 gift certificate directly from K & K in Edmonton) Even if you don’t plan on buying Hirschhornsaltz or Potasche, you can find many delectable (already made/imported) lebkuchen or pfefferkuchen as well as chocolates and high quality bread, cheeses and meats. K & K has been around in Edmonton for over 50 years; if you haven’t been, you should go visit.
To enter the give-away, comment below on what your favourite family Christmas tradition is.
For an additional entry, follow me on Twitter AND Tweet among the lines of: Win a $25 gift cert from @kkfoodliner via @Cynderbug
EDIT: Give-away CLOSED on December 18, 2015, Friday at 6 PM MST. Winner is Cindy. Congratulations!
Disclosure: I am not being paid to host this give-away. Winner, selected by an online randomizer, will pick up directly from K&K Foodliner on 9944 82 Ave Edmonton, Alberta. I will be contacting you by email to let you know that you are the winner.
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Meanwhile, you can look at the lebkuchen recipe here or by clicking the image below; detailed instructions can be found on the recipe link.
Last edited: Dec 18, 2015 at 18:00 MST to close contest. Draw will be done via an online random generator and winner will be contacted via email tonight.