Use a 30x20cm deep baking tray. Line the base and sides with baking paper. Place sugar and honey in a pan, bring to a boil and boil until sugar has dissolved. Allow mixture to cool.
Place honey mixture in a bowl. Add peel, flour, almonds, rind, baking powder and spices. Knead mixture into a sticky dough using electric beaters with dough hooks fitted or knead by hand. Smooth the dough into a ball.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to 1cm thick, large enough to fit the baking tray. Place dough on the tray, cover with a cloth kitchen towel and leave in a cool place overnight.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Bake the cookies for 15–20 minutes. While still hot, brush with a mixture of icing sugar and Kirsch. Slice into 2.5×5cm rectangles. Leave to cool.
For you information, vegans definitely do not eat honey. Let me explain:
We consider it cruel as the bees make it for their own dietary needs, that is to feed their hives and sustain their young.
The production of honey from a single bee over its entire lifetime is only one-twelfth of a teaspoon! So each tablespoon of honey represents the workload of thirty six bees!!
Furthermore, to obtain the honey, the bees are smoked out of their hives, which goes straight into their eyes and respiratory system. Bees are killed in this process. Please remove the vegan label or adjust your recipe accordingly. - 16 Oct 2009