Iced Lebkuchen Hearts

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Iced Lebkuchen Hearts
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Difficulty:
moderate
Difficulty
Preparation:
45 min.
Preparation

Ingredients

for
4
Ingredients
6 ¾ cups
All purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
1 teaspoon
2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons
ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon
¼ teaspoon
ground Cloves
1 pinch
1 cup
½ cup
cup
cup
black Molasses (molasses)
For the icing
5 cups
2 tablespoons
To decorate

Preparation steps

1.
Heat the oven to 180°C (160° fan) 350°F gas 4. Line 2 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
2.
Sift the flour, baking powder, spices and salt into a mixing bowl.
3.
Melt the butter, sugar, syrup and treacle in a pan. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
4.
Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture and mix to a dough. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
5.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface about 1cm|1/2" thick. Cut out 4 hearts, re-rolling the trimmings if necessary.
6.
Place on the baking trays and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and cooked through. Cool on the baking trays for 10 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
7.
For the icing: sift the icing sugar into a bowl and beat in the lemon juice. Beat in just enough water to give a smooth thick icing.
8.
Spoon into a piping bag and pipe around the outline of the hearts. pipe a filigree design on the hearts and sprinkle with sugar. Leave to set.