If life in NYC were a fairy tale, we’d all live in 2,000-square-foot apartments, and Hansel and Gretel could have gotten their sweets fix by hitching a ride on the F train.
Just as magical: Leckerlee traditional Nuremberg Lebkuchen — a spiced hybrid of gingerbread cookies, fluffy cake, and holiday goodness — baked on the Lower East Side.
During a two-and-a-half-year stint in Berlin, owner Sandy Lee went on a gingerbread pilgrimage to geek out over regional specialties and learn production processes from small family bakeries.
Choose from her lightly glazed or dark Callebaut chocolate-coated versions. Made mostly from nuts and a secret mix of nine spices, the cakes come in mod reusable tins. Lee eats them for breakfast; we suggest pairing with spiced wine.
Be warned, Leckerlee will close after the holidays to prep for the next round of seasonal specialties.
The moral: Stock up now.
Available online at leckerlee.com, $28. Holiday pop-up shop, Saturday through December 23, noon-7 p.m., and December 24, noon-5 p.m., at 132 Orchard Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.
Photo: Dominic Neitz / Courtesy of Leckerlee