Sunday, December 12, 2010

Elisen Lebkuchen

Since not everyone is able to make it to Munich for the markets I translated this recipe and made a cute little card to match, so you can have some German Christmas cookies, too.

I've made these several times and Stefan claims they taste like his Oma's, which is clearly a good sign. Best of all they don't have flour or hirschornsalz (baker's ammonia) in them.

The illustrations were so much fun to draw. I'm working on a second edition of my cookbook and debating if I want to do use them as opposed to photos.

I'll post a recipe for homemade glühwein in the coming days as well... homemade is the way to go. The only trouble is it tastes better than most at the Christmas Markets, but the ambiance and warmth keeps drawing me back.


Cecilia Turner said...

this looks just too cute! love it.

Kristen Marie said...

wow so cool! Questions: Which font did you use, and how did you draw the figures? SO COOL!

CraftyRachel said...

What charming illustrations! Did you draw them by hand then scan? or somehow digitally draw them? Very cute and impressive. Can't wait to hear more about the new edition of your beautiful cookbook!

Lise said...

Thanks for the recipe Emily. Our Lebkuchen tin is looking so empty that we brought back from Nurnberg! Now I can fill it up!

Reez said...

Very impressive!

JoernandAllison said...

Your recipe card is adorable! And, I am so impressed that you make your own Lebkuchen!! Maybe something to try over the holiday!

Emily said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed it!

The font that was used is called Emmascript. I drew them digitally through photoshop. Next time maybe I'll get out my watercolors and scan them in.

I hope finding some of the ingredients isn't too difficult - like the nutmeg blossom and the oblaten wafers for the bottoms.

Also, if you attempt these it can be tricky to get them on not to spread off the wafer, so I cheated and used a round bottom muffin tin and put the wafers on the top, but they worked perfectly that way.