12 responses

  1. Eva | Food Vegetarisch
    November 30, 2012

    This sounds like a very tasty recipe! Also being German I have to admit that till now I have never made a fruitcake by myself. But this might by changed now…. :)
    Thank you for sharing this recipe and have a great weekend!

    • 1 big bite
      December 9, 2012

      Dear Eva
      please do yourself a favor and bake one… ;)

  2. Bean
    December 4, 2012

    Hat geklappt und kaum fertig, ist auch schon die Hälfte weg. :-)

    • 1 big bite
      December 9, 2012

      Ja wie vorher gesagt, Fruechtebrot hat immer eine kurze Lebenserwartung… :)

  3. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    December 9, 2012

    Beautiful fruitcake! Bookmarking it and pinning it! I love traditional European recipes for Christmas (and not only) :).

    • 1 big bite
      December 9, 2012

      Hey Julia,
      Thank you for your nice comment.
      I agree traditional is often the best.

  4. Mark
    December 10, 2012

    My grandma used to make beautiful fruitcake. She cooked a little
    Southern, a lot German. It has been a hole in my heart, since
    she died..and I got a whole lot older. I’ve tried a few half-hearted
    fake versions on my own since then; but I guess my soul just needs
    to do the real thing. I will try your recipe, and hope for memories.
    The recipe sounds easy.. and I suspect the 3 day wait, won’t be.

    • 1 big bite
      December 10, 2012

      Hello Mark,
      good old home cooking is often the best and I guess especially at Christmas time we crave traditional food, which is full of memories.
      This recipe is really easy and I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Peggy
    February 9, 2013

    Thanks for sharing the recipes for Fruchtebrot and the german cookies. While traveling in Germany and Austria at Christmas this year, we were told the original gingerbread cookies were not made with ginger as the world “ginger” originally meant spice cookie with ginger becoming an ingredient later. Is there a traditional Germany/Austrian gingerbread cookie recipe w/o ginger? In Austria, we saw a demo for making gingerbread dough that would hold up to a year before baking. Peggy

    • 1 big bite
      February 12, 2013

      Hello Peggy!
      Christmas time is great for traveling to Germany, although very cold… ;) I hope you had a good time!
      You are right, there are a lot of spices in traditional Lebkuchen, ginger is not always one of them. In Germany you get already mixed spice blends for Lebkuchen, like curry powder it’s a blend not a spice on it’s own (although the name says so). Like every Italian nana has her own spaghetti recipe, there are as many spice mixes for Lebkuchen.
      Ingredients are: zest of orange and lemon, star anise, nutmeg, mace, cardamon, cinnamon, clove, coriander, pearlash, allspice and… ginger. Use some of them or all and mix and find the right one for you. You can use it to spice up your coffee or cakes like pound cakes. I love the combination with cherries.
      Sorry there is not just one recipe for traditional Lebkuchenkekse (gingerbread cookies), I should post one next Christmas season. Lebkuchen is often used as building material for gingerbread houses.
      I remember one of my friends grandma used to make the dough already in fall (I think late September) and store it in a colder place for month before baking.

  6. Elaine
    December 24, 2013

    This is fabulous!! I made it for my husbands staff and they loved it. I brought one home from our trip to Germany this fall and it’s a heads on. Ours may have had anise in it but this is worth every minute to make!!! Thank you so much for posting the recipe.

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