The Leckerli (or Läckerli are Gingered bread form Basel) was invented more than 500 years go at the time of the Basel Council (1431 to 1449) to be served at the assembled church dignitaries. These turned out famous and soon they turned became a world famous pastry: a rectangular piece of ginger bread, glazed with sugar, made from honey, sugar, flour, candied fruit, nuts and kirsch.
This variation is quite easy and the result is amazing.
Impress your friend serving these delish served with a cup of tea or coffee.
Well wrapped they make a cute and special gift.
See also the other Leckerli recipe.
Quick Leckerli – Quick Gingered Bread from Basel
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground green cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground star anise
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mace or nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 400 g honey, liquid and lukewarm
- 1 orange, grated zest only
- 10 g baking soda
- 200 g almonds, chopped
- 200 g candied orange zest chopped
- 100 candied ginger chopped (optional, my choice)
- 2 tablespoons Kirsch
- 500 g whole wheat flour
- 150 g sugar
- 4 teaspoons spice mixture
- 2 tablespoon cacao flour
- 12 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon Kirsch
- Prepare the spice mixture: For the best flavor, toast the spices in it until very fragrant in a skillet and grind them just before use. The quality of each of them may differ a lot!
- In a big bowl or better a food processor with hocks, combine all the ingredients form honey until Kirsch.
- Add flour and cacao and knead until combined and a dough is formed. It will be quite stiff.
- Turn this on a parchment foil, roll it out until 8 mm thick, and place this on your baking sheet. I used simply the biggest baking tray.t
- Bake in the preheat oven at 180°C for 17-20 Minutes, stop before the borders turns dark.
- In the meantime, prepare the glaze combining the ingredients.
- Remove the oven and immediately brush with the glaze.
- When almost cold cut them in rectangles of about 3 to 4 cm