Recipes- 12 Christmas Dessserts
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We have put together a booklet of 12 traditional christmas desserts, language origins, pronunciation, history and a recipe for each. Click Here to get yours: 12- Christmas Desserts
Today’s Dessert is: Lebkuchen– German spice cookie
Although the origins of the word Lebkuchen itself remain unclear, it is suspected that it comes from the Latin word libum (Fladen, “flat bread”) or the German word Laib (loaf). There are also people who think that the ‘leb’ refers to ‘love’ or ‘life’.
The fore runner of today’s Lebkuchen is a honey cake and its history can be traced back to the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans. They believed that honey, the only sweetener widely available to them, was a gift of the deities and had magical and healing powers. Honey cakes were also worn as a talisman in battle or as protection against evil spirits.
Lebkuchen was invented by monks in Franconia, Germany in the 13th century who had heard of its healing powers. Nuremberg in particular, is known for these cookies and they are often topped with almonds.
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