Upside Down Lebkuchen Hearts

My wife loves to cook grandmothers’ recipes. Which is funny, because she herself is really quite young. You see, she’s not as old as she cooks.

These are old-fashioned Lebkuchen hearts she recently baked, turned upside down to dry. Lebkuchen hearts are…

traditionally sold at Sunday Markets in rural villages. Stocked with sweets and sometimes crafts or toys, these markets are set up after church, two or three times a season, like a small country fair. The hearts are decorated with phrases like Ich Liebe Dich, Bussi, Du Bist Mein Schatz; and a young man would buy one for his sweetheart and she in turn would wear it tied around her neck with a colorful ribbon.

My wife made these for a party and decorated each of them with a name of a guest. Some fifty hearts. They taste kind of gingerbready, but milder with a nice touch of cinnamon. And seasoned with plenty of love.

1 Comment so far

  1. aka (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

    mmmhhhh looks tasty … now that it is cold and snowy Christmas could come :)

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