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Problems with a Lebkuchen Glaze

post #1 of 4
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I continually have problems with a Lebkuchen glaze recipe I got from Germany.


1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


To make the icing: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat to between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Remove from heat and stir in the confectioners' sugar. If icing becomes sugary while brushing cookies, re-heat slightly- adding a little water until crystals dissolve.


When I stir in the confectioners' sugar, the mixture turns into solid sugar resembling snow. I then have to add water and continue cooking until I can get some semblance of a glaze. It is usually a chunky, messy mixture and I am never sure if it will dry properly on my cookies.


I am afraid if I leave out the confectioners' sugar, the glaze won't have the white flecks that make the cookies look authentic.


Any suggestions will be most appreciated. I lived in Bavaria for 7 years and want a genuine glaze. Not a water and confectioners' sugar mix.




post #2 of 4

ah, the joy of xlating . . .


it would seem the proportions / amounts are "off"


one thing I learned is that "USA granulated sugar" is - brand dependent - ground finer.  the  finer the grind the more weight fits in a cup...


if you can 'recover' the recipe in grams & ml - and use a scale - might be the best approach.

post #3 of 4

Buy yourself some fondant, which it looks like you are attempting to make

post #4 of 4

We make Lebkuchen every year.

You cook your glaze?

The glaze we use is powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest, and milk.

A chemical reaction causes the glaze to harden.

We keep our Lebkuchen in a large tin with a slice of apple in foil to keep them from drying out.

Good stuff.

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