December 12, 2011

A Delicious (Naturally Dairy Free) Elisen-Lebkuchen - The Perfect Christmas Treat!

It has begun! Our Christmas tree went up on Saturday night (technically it was Sunday due to some misplaced screws for the tree stand!!) and now it is FULL FORCE Christmas, because its the most wonderful time of the year! ANYway, I tell you this because from now until the 23rd I hope to share with you all the food allergy friendly little Christmas bits and pieces I can find... appetizers.. sweets.. mince pies.. snacks... cakes... anything that is free from at least one allergen (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan, Corn Free, Wheat Free, Soy Free... etc, etc)

Today it’s a naturally Dairy Free treat (note: has a MAY contain milk warning) that is so wonderful that I want one for each of the 12 days of Christmas plus a whole stocking full on the day! Baking Emporium’s Elisen-Lebkuchen, which I found in Rathmine’s The Hopsack are the special something. When it comes to Christmas the Germans have it covered and oh my, does this Elisen-Lebuchen ever prove the point (note: germans have been making Lebkuchen since the 13th century!)! It’s like a big soft gingerbread filled with finely chopped nuts but without the actual ‘ginger’. It has a light sweetness (despite the amount of sugar in the ingredients) which is a great change from the saturated overload of most christmas sweets and is a truly welcome subtle sweet after all of the free from mince pies that I have been taste testing for my soon to come mince pie spectacular.

Extra note: although there in marzipan in the ingredients I dont think that marzipan haters would object... but then, i’m not sure how their tastebuds work cause I’m a lover!

Ingredients: hazelnuts (22%), marzipan (sugar, almonds, invert sugar, water, humectant [E420, E1102], glucose syrup), sugar, candied orange peel (orange peel, glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, acidifier [E330]), almonds (9%), candied lemon peel (lemon peel, glucose-fructose syrup), sugar, acidifier [E330]), apricot jam (dried apricots, glucose syrup), glucose syrup, mix of egg-white, honey, Ledkuchen spices, baking agent, cocoa, couverture, wafers
Allergy Warning:
Contains eggs, gluten, hazelnuts, almonds, soy
May contain traces of sesame, milk and products thereof)

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