Chocolate Lebkuchen Recipe
- 1 ¼ cups white sugar
- ¾ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- ½ cup candied mixed fruit, chopped
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 ½ tablespoons orange juice
- ¼ cup green decorator sugar
- ¼ cup cinnamon red hot candies
step 1: Combine sugar, honey and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, stir together the honey mixture with the chocolate chips, almonds, candied fruit, eggs, and orange juice. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, baking soda and baking powder; stir into the fruit and nut mixture. Tightly cover the bowl, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days to blend the flavors.
step 2: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared pan.
step 3: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool and frost with the orange frosting.
step 4: To make the orange frosting, put the confectioners' sugar in a small bowl, and beat in the orange juice 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Spread over the cooled bars. Cut bars into diamond shapes, and place cinnamon candies on top then sprinkle with the green sugar.