Monday, December 21, 2009

Day 21 - And counting....

Hello it's me again today. Hope you all had a great weekend. Today I am opening door 21 of our Advent Calender for you. And this is whatis behind it:

Baking with Nana is the image I used for my card. It's from Belles 'n Whistles Christmas Collection II. Remember the Christmas images are limited in quantities for this year. Better hurry and get them while they last.

Do you like to bake? I LOVE to bake. Especially during Christmas season I like to bake and make all different kind of goodies from cookies to chocolate truffle and also gingerbread is one of my favorites to make. But not any kind of gingerbread. I like to bake the famous Nuernberger Lebkuchen or Nuremberg Gingerbread. I already told you that I am originally from Germany. And where I grew up and lived was in the area around Nuremberg and with it also with famous Nuremberg Gingerbread :-) There are lots of different recipes for Nuremberg Gingerbread. The one I like most is the Elisen-Lebkuchen / Elisen Gingerbread. This kind of gingerbread is made without any flour. Only nuts, (Almonds, Hazelnuts and Walnuts), candied lemon and orange peel, sugar and spices are allowed for the Elisen Lebkuchen.

And today I like to share one of my recipes with you. It is a Elsien Lebkuchen recipe that is fast and easy to make without any waiting times. (often gingerbread has to rest and dry for several hours or over night before baking)

Fast Nuremberg Gingerbread
(yield about 12)


2 Eggs
125g / 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 Pinch ground nutmeg
1 Pinch ground mace
2 drops bitter almond oil
200g /7 oz ground almonds
50g / 1 3/4 oz chopped almonds
100 g / 3 1/3 oz finely diced candied lemon peel
Oblaten/baking wafers/rice paper wafers

In a bowl combine eggs and sugar and beat with an electric mixer until frothy and light in color. Add spices and almond oil. Finally add candied lemon peel and almonds. Spread the dough on Oblaten (about 70 mm diameter). Put the gingerbread in the cold (this is important) oven and than turn on the heat. Bake at 170 C / 300F for about 15-20 minutes. Baking times may vary depending on your oven.

Make a viscous chocolate or sugar glaze and spread over the still warm gingerbread. If desired garnish with candied cherries, candied lemon/orange peel or nuts. - Enjoy!

Hope you like it and maybe you like to try it sometime!

To have a chance of winning today's goodie bag giveaway make sure you enter your name in Mr. Linky below! You'll find yesterdays winner in the sidebar!

And as a little clue ... make sure you stay tuned here with us to the very end of the Belles 'n Whistles Advent Calender on Christmas day :-) Believe me you won't regret it ;-)

Thanks for visiting us here today!


  1. What a gorgeous image! I love your card, especially how you've mounted the image on the pendant. Just stunning!

  2. Wow! gorgeous card!! love the colors... and those cookies look soooo yummy! TFS the recipe... =D

  3. Please remove one of my entries I clicked the wrong button and entered twice by mistake so sorry for the inconvienience # 13 thanks

  4. Ohh wowww Iris,what a beautiful card,i love your image and colours.
    So gorgeous papers and details.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  5. such a gorgeous, gorgeous card--just love this!

  6. Woweee, what a truly stunning card, so elegant. Thank you so much for the recipe

  7. Beautiful card - such amazing inspiration. Thank you.

    Ann xxx

  8. i have never heard of this gingerbread but it sounds very delicious and rich in flavours! i am not allowed in the kitchen as i am a disaster but i may pass this recipe on to my dh who loves trying new things and that leaves me time for papercrafting! win win for both of us!

  9. Vaya pinta Tienen esos dulces!! Hum ...

  10. Hi,
    thanks got, its almost time for the kids to come home, so we can eat. Because now I am really hungry after reading your recipe ;-)
    This card is adorable, love the colors, the layout.. just everything.
    Have a nice day!
    XX Kathi

  11. Gorgeous card, love the colour scheme, this image is so cute. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win some goodies too! hugs, Jane xx

  12. ohhhhhhhhhhh this is gorgeous.. love the coloring.. beautiful job!

  13. Your card is just stunning ! Thanks for sharing your recipe

  14. Gorgeous card, love the image and colours used. Thanks for sharing the receipe.
    Kim xXx

  15. hallo, Iris

    eine ganz zauberhaftes Stempelmotiv auf einer ganz traumhaften Karte!

    Danke für das tolle Rezept. Das werde ich mit Sicherheit noch vor Weihnachten ausprobieren!

    Liebe Grüße Regina

  16. So sweet! The recipe and the card.

  17. Beautiful card, and thanks so much for sharing that tasty recipe (looks yummy!). :)

  18. Beautifully colored image and perfect for the vintage feel of this lovely card! Thanks so much for sharing the yummy-sounding holiday recipe, too!!

  19. Stunning card and I do love that colour combo. Great image and thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

  20. Gorgeous card! Love the vintage look of it. The recipe is a nice addition too-looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Thanks for the recipe. I love gingerbread.
    Beautiful card.

  22. absolutely stunning card
    and thank you for the recipe, sounds mouthwatering