Friday, December 11, 2015

Red Wine German Gingerbread (Lebkuchen) Cake


A dense holiday spice cake studded with bittersweet chocolate chip pieces. The star of the cake, aside from the spices, is the red wine both in the cake and in the topping. The glaze contains no food coloring, just adding the wine gives tints it beautifully. 


German gingerbread contains Lebkuchengew├╝rz. Similar to the spices in American gingerbread, most German versions contains additional ingredients such as cardamom, star anise and sometimes, dried lemon and orange peel.

A recipe for the German holiday spice mix or  lebkuchengew├╝rz can be found here. It's great for baking but also adds great flavor to homemade mulled wine.

For an easier version of the cake and if you can't find or have no time to make the German spice mix, replace the spices in this cake with a traditional gingerbread mix. 

2 teaspoons  cinnamon
1teaspoon nutmeg
 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon clove 
Also add 2 -3 tablespoons of dark molasses to the batter.


For a festive serving option, use a small Holiday cutter (tree, star, etc.) to cut the cake in to small portions.

For the full recipe and instructions, hop on over to my German Food Page at about.com

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