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Dec 15, 2009 04:28 PM

Christmas recipes from Alsace-Lorraine

Does anyone have any Christmas recipes- sweet or savoury- from Alsace or Lorraine?

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  1. Found this webpage with Alsatian Christmas recipes:

    1. This is a family favorite from my Grandmother Susan. She called them German Love Cakes and always gave them to young couples at Christmas.


      ¼ cup butter (not margarine)
      ½ cup honey
      ¼ cup molasses
      2 ½ cups flour
      ½ tsp baking soda
      1 tsp cinnamon
      ½ tsp nutmeg
      ½ tsp allspice
      ¼ tsp cloves
      ¾ cup brown sugar
      1 egg
      1 tsp lemon rind
      1 cup blanched almonds (chopped fine)
      1 cup citron peel or mixed peel (I used ½ cup citron, ½ cup mixed peel)

      Combine butter, honey and molasses and bring to boiling point (let cool).
      Beat egg with sugar and lemon rind.
      Add honey mixture.
      Add sifted dry ingredients 1/3 at a time and mix by hand until well blended.
      Stir in chopped nuts and citron peel.
      Chill in the fridge for about ½ hour.
      Roll to ¼ inch thick and place on a greased cookie sheet… (I just press it into the cookie sheet with my hands without rolling)
      Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Watch that the edges don’t start to burn.
      Cool and glaze with icing. Cut into rectangular squares (1 ½” x 2 ½”)
      I usually trim the outside edges off before cutting into squares. (The cook gets to eat these)
      By placing into a sealed container for a day before freezing it helps to blend the flavors.

      Mix 1/3 cup icing sugar with 1 ½ tablespoons of corn starch. Sprinkle with
      ½ teaspoon of almond extract and a little lemon juice (or rum). Mix in one tablespoon of hot water and add a little more (if needed) until you have a thick smooth paste.

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      1. re: jamiet

        thanks jamiet....looks like a great lebkuchen recipe!