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Mixes for Lebkuchen and Spekulatius

by Anke Perez
(San Antonio, TX)

These are the mixes I use, they are in bulk. Keep in a tight-sealing jar in the pantry.
You won’t need more than, at most, a tablespoon at a time.
The dough or the cookies need to mature for a few WEEKS or they will taste harsh.
Make ahead, the longer they rest, the better they smell and taste.

Lebkuchen/Pfefferkuchen (gingerbread) spice mix (all spices ground)

10 tsp. Cinnamon
6 tsp. Allspice
3 tsp. Ginger
3 tsp. Coriander
4 tsp. Anise
4 tsp Cardamom
4 tsp. Cloves
3 tsp. Nutmeg
3 tsp. Orange peel
2 tsp. Lemon peel
1 tsp. Mace
1 tsp. Pepper (yes, pepper)

Mix together. In a sealed jar, in a dark place, it stays fresh 2-3 years.
This is a spice mix that is used in cookies that are stored for a few weeks, it needs time to mellow out, fresh cookies or cake will taste harsh.
I use it in lebkuchen dough, that gets prepared in Sept. or Oct. stored in the fridge and baked in Dec.
1/2 oz is enough for a batch of cookies.

Here is a Spekulatius (speculaas?) mix, a bit different.
8 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Cloves
2 tsp. Mace
2/3 tsp. Ginger
1/3 tsp. Pepper (yes, pepper again)
1/2 tsp. Cardamom
1/2 tsp. Coriander
1/2 tsp. Anise
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

Same as above.
Enjoy

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Which type of anise?
by: Anonymous

I am SO happy to see these two recipes side by side!

They both call for "anise". Do you mean "star anise" or "anise seeds". Or doesn't it matter?

Thanks!

Jello and pudding
by: Richard

Before she passed my wife would make a jello and pudding desert to be eaten one on top of the other do you have anything on this

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