I don’t like any christmas food, except for turkey which is too insipid to dislike. I have a particular aversion to christmas cake and plum pudding but these German christmas cookies are worthy of a trip to Germany. However, I have an easier solution for obtaining them.
- Take whatever means of transport necessary to the nearest Lidl or Aldi. This is an important detail as the good stuff is only in the German stores.
- Prepare yourself for queuing with your packets of lebkuchen behind people buying ski gear for their annual trip in January, Christmas trees and decorations, garden furniture on special offer now that it’s winter, and large amounts of own-brand cheese and ham. You might want to watch a Netflix series while in the queue so don’t forget your phone or tablet. Maybe bring some food in case you get hungry, or at least a packet of Starburst to chew on to pass the time, because the danger is you might start eating the lebkuchen right there in the line for the cashier but trust me, these little german jam filled delights are worth the trouble.
- Take home and admire sufficiently because like a jar of Nutella, the packet won’t last long. It’s not a product to hang around the house.
- Boil the kettle, best consumed with tea but each to their own.
- For those fortunate enough to live near Caviston’s in Glasthule, they have them too – the posh ones!
- For those who can go even further afield than south Dublin, take a flight to Germany and buy the lebkuchen at the stunning Christmas markets. The only problem with this plan is that you will have consumed them before flying home.
- Buy them now otherwise they will be gone from the shelves.