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Lebkuchen

6 large eggs
470 gr sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract or 1 pkg vanilla sugar
480 gr hazelnuts
50 gr coarsely chopped walnuts
100 gr citron, diced small
100 gr candied orange, diced small
1 lemon, untreated, grated peel only
1 orange, untreated, grated peel only
1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground pimento
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground anise
baking oblates 3" (wafers? to set cookies on else you'll never get them off)
130 gr confectioner sugar
2 Tbsp rum
2 Tbsp red wine
200 gr icing

In bowl, mix eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until foamy until
sugar is completely dissolved. Chop 1/2 of hazelnuts, grind the
other 1/2. To egg mixture add nuts, orange, citron, orange and
lemon zests, ginger and all spices. Mix all well. Wrap dough in
plastic and let rest overnight in refrigerator.

Next day place baking oblates (paper-like sugar wafers) on cookie
sheet lined with baking paper. Shape small balls from dough and
set on oblates leaving 1/2 inch space all around to edge of oblates.
You should get approx 150 pieces. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake 20
minutes. Place a cookie sheet in the next position above the
lebkuchen so they won't get too dark. The light brown lebkuchen
will be soft on the inside. Let cool on rack.

1/3 of the Lebkuchen remain as they are. (without icing) 1/3 cover
with: mix confectioner sugar with rum and red wine, stir until
smooth.

Brush on 1/3 of lebkuchen: 1 good German "zart bitter" chocolate,
or use Baker's Baking chocolate. Melt in double boiler about 1/2
of a pkg, Dip a fork into heated chocolate and just run it over
the cookies in every direction or criss-cross.

Let dry completely. Store in storage containers that you can close
very tightly. You can store an apple with the lebkuchen to keep
them nice and soft. After 10 days they will have developed their
optimum flavors.

Try to get German Citron and Orangeat, King Albert Flour sells it

Backoblaten (US may have something like it, they are thin sweet
paper like rounds to set cookies on) can be obtained - probably -
in a specialty kitchen store or you can order them at "Himmelhaus"
219-293-8361, Item B146, Back-Oblaten 60 mm, medium, (100ea) $2.49

Himmelhaus also has available 'Lebkuchengewuerz' which is a ready-mix
of the 9 spices you need. Item SP 15 OST> Neunerlei, Lebkuchengewuerz,
$1.98

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