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 (lāb′ko͞o′kən, lāp′ko͞o′KHən)
n. pl. lebkuchen
A chewy, honey-sweetened spice cake or cookie, often containing nuts or candied fruits.

[German, from Middle High German lebekuoche : lebe-, of unknown meaning + kuoche, cake; see kuchen.]
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n, pl -chen
(Cookery) a biscuit, originating from Germany, usually containing honey, spices, etc
[German: literally, loaf cake]
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In Germany, everyone looks forward to the picturesque Christmas markets, with their mulled wine and culinary specialties like Kartoffelpuffer, Bratwurst, Lebkuchen, and Feuerzangenbowle.
The bottom layer of the sweet consists of Lebkuchen -- a traditional German baked Christmas treat similar to gingerbread -- followed by a layer of either sour cherry, apple, or apricot jelly and last but not least a layer of marzipan, or its cheaper cousin persipan.
At Christmas, the warm, seasonal spices come out and we are treated to rich cakes and biscuits such as stollen and lebkuchen. Lake and river fish are made much use of, especially carp and pike, and there's lots of game in the forested regions, from wild boar to venison.
Gingerbread (lebkuchen) is also a festive favourite, as are chimney sweep figures made from plums.
LEBKUCHEN PREP: 20 mins COOK TIME: 15 mins MAKES: 20 biscuits TOTAL COST: PS2.32 COST PER PORTION: 12p MINCEMEAT BISCUITS PREP: 10 mins COOK TIME: 15 mins MAKES: 25 biscuits TOTAL COST: PS2.95 COST PER PORTION: 12p TOP TIP If you want to hang them on the tree, use a knife to make a small hole at the top of the biscuit while they are still warm.
Sample traditional treats such as Christstollen, Lebkuchen and warming mug of Gluhwein.
Rathausplatz, the square in front of the town hall, is home to Christkindlmarkt, a traditional Christmas market complete with vendors selling apfel strudel, gluhwein (mulled wine), and lebkuchen (gingerbread).
And no Christmas market would be complete without traditional Lebkuchen (gingerbread)--and Einsiedeln has got it well covered.
[...] Em Blumenau [...], a confeiteira Fabricia Schmidt faz ate hoje o lebkuchen (pao de mel com guarnicoes, como amendoas e nozes) com base em uma receita de 1935, transmitida por sua bisavo [...] filha de imigrante [...] Vendidas pela internet, suas guloseimas vao para o Japao, a Africa e ate a Alemanha.