Craftours Lifestyles Magazine December 2018 - Page 38

Basler Leckerli swiss gingerbread Basler Leckerli are a type of Lebkuchen that originated in the Swiss city of Basel, on the river Rhine. Despite conflicting stories about their origin, they have been around for at least since the 16th Century, which makes them a Swiss, rather than German bread. Although Basel, originally a Roman settlement, had been German for centuries, it joined the Swiss Confederation in 1501. This explains perhaps why so many of traditional dishes are part of the shared experience between these countries. Ingredients 3/4 cup honey 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2/3 cup blanched almonds, finely chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped candied orange peel 1/4 cup finely chopped candied citron peel 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar