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Lebkuchen

1 egg 4 tablespoons clear honey 55g/2oz. butter or margarine 55g/2oz. soft brown sugar 225g/8oz. plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons ground ginger 30g/1oz. cocoa powder 1 teaspoon mixed spice 85g/3oz. icing sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice food colouring (optional)

(Serves 4)

icing bag or a cone of greaseproof paper

Oven temperature: 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6

  1. Grease a baking sheet with butter. Separate the egg. Put the yolk into a bowl. You don't need the egg white.
  2. Turn on the oven. Put the honey, butter and sugar in a pan over a low heat. Stir them until the butter has melted.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, ginger and mixed spice into a mixing bowl. Add the egg yolk.
  4. Mix the melted butter, honey and sugar into the flour. Squeeze the mixture into a ball of dough with your hands.
  5. Sprinkle some flour onto a clean worktop and onto a rolling pin. Roll out the dough until it is half a centimetre (quarter of an inch) thick.
  6. Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut out different shapes. Roll out the leftover dough and cut out more shapes.
  7. Use a spatula to lift the biscuits onto the baking sheet. Make a hole at the top of each biscuit with a skewer.
  8. Bake the biscuits for seven to eight minutes, until golden. Then, lift them onto a wire rack and leave them to cool.
  9. Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Mix in the tablespoon of lemon juice, stirring really well.
  10. Spoon some of the icing into a smaller bowl. Mix in a few drops of food colouring, if you like.
  11. When the biscuits have cooled, spoon the icing into an icing bag. Pipe on the icing slowly by squeezing the bag.

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