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Lebkuchen (Spice Bars)

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Servings: 12
Categories: Bars / Desserts

1  teaspoon  Cinnamon
1  teaspoon  Allspice, Ground
1/4  teaspoon  Cloves, Ground
1/2  teaspoon  Salt
2 1/4  cups  Flour; Unbleached, Unsifted
1/2  teaspoon  Baking Powder
1/2  cup  Almonds, Ground
1  teaspoon  Lemon Rind, Grated
2    Eggs, Large
3/4  cup  Sugar
3/4  cup  Honey
1/2  cup  Milk

-----ALMOND GLAZE-----
1  cup  Confectioners' Sugar
1/2  teaspoon  Almond Extract
1  teaspoon  Rum
1  tablespoon  , Water

1. Stir together the spices, salt flour, and baking powder. Stir in the almonds and lemon rind. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and sugar until a ribbon is formed when the beater is removed. Stir in the honey and milk.

2. Gradually stir in the flour mixture; beat until smooth. Spread the batter in an 11 X 17-inch jelly roll pan that is well greased and floured.

3. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cake is done. While the cake is still warm, turn it out onto a wire rack. To make the almond glaze, mix the confectioners' sugar, almond extract, rum, and 1 to 2 T of water. Beat until glaze is smooth and of the right consistency. Add more water to thin if necessary. Spread the warm cake with the almond glaze.

4. Cut cake into 1 X 2 1/2-inch bars while still warm. Spice bars keep 6 to 8 weeks in a sealed container if not glazed. Makes 4 dozen bars.

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