This little Spice mix is one of the most important European spice blends during Christmas time. In the alpine region it is the main ingredient while baking Lebkuchen cookies and without the spice mixture it wouldn’t be a Lebkuchen. These brown inviting and often decorated cookies are a form of the world wide known Gingerbread and in dictionaries, the Lebkuchen is often translated as Gingerbread cookies.
Yet, this European spice blend mix can be used during Christmas time in different dishes as well. Some talented bakers and cooks came up with Lebkuchen style Cakes and Tortes, as well as Spicy Lebkuchen fruit Marmalades. Then of course you have the option to use the spice mixture in savory dishes such as in a meat marination.
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The Spices combined help you to experience the merry Christmas time, in other words the aroma takes you to a traditional colorful and warming Christmas Market. They warm your heart from within when the days are white and grey outside and they bring a certain peace to your heart. All this of course are my feelings whenever I take in the unique aroma with my nasal senses. Each time, my heart jumps up in joy when I use the spice blend in my cooking, the smell is just so comforting and relaxing!
Usually, the Lebkuchen spice mixture is not made at home anymore in European households. Commonly people buy the ready made packs, but I don’t think so that this spice mixture is available in the rest of the world. Therefore, and because we have a spice quality surplus in goa, I decided to share with you this wonderful Christmas spice blend and I am quite sure that it will come handy to you after all.
- 20 grams Cinnamon powder
- 3 grams Green Cardamon seeds
- 2 grams Clove powder
- 5 Allspice seeds
- 1 Star anis
- pinch Pepper
- pinch Nutmeg
- 2 grams Coriander seeds
- 2 grams Fennel seeds
- 2 grams Ginger powder
- Grind the whole spices such as Cardamon seeds, Allspice seeds, Star Anis, Coriander Seeds and Fennel Seeds to a fine powder, then add the remaining spices and mix all well.
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