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Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen is a German Christmas specialty, a little like gingerbread. My friends in Leipzig tasted mine last year and said, “it’s very nice, but it isn’t Lebkuchen.” I was puzzled, because the recipe was given to me by a German friend. Surely Lebkuchen is Lebkuchen? Or could there be regional variations? As it turns out,…

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Pfefferkuchen

German Christmas baking smells enticingly of spices and orange, and plays an important role throughout the celebration. Some cookbooks separate their recipes by the period of baking: November, Advent, Christmas or New Year. The batches the recipes make are often enormous, but there’s no hurry to eat them all since the biscuits and cookies baked…

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Ampelmann Biscuits

Every town in former East Germany seems to be able to support an Ostladen (East shop). These shops specialise in all manner of East German paraphernalia, ranging from souvenir toy Trabant cars for tourists, to nostalgia stationary and cleaning products for locals. The cookie cutters in the iconic Ampelmann shapes were the thing I couldn’t…

Gluten Free Hazelnut Spice Cookies

I love reading A Gluten-Free Day because Emilia’s gluten free baking is so beautiful. It doesn’t feel like she’s substituting, but like she’s found legitimate alternatives that taste good in their own right. Her photos are gorgeous too. The daffodils on her Easter Cheesecake were so pretty. One of the things I noticed about this…