No doctor could help her and the baker was deeply distressed. In his despair he thought of a special cure. As a gingerbread baker he knew how valuable oriental spices were, so he baked a specially-spiced lebkuchen just for his Elisabeth. He used no flour, only the finest ingredients. And Elisabeth gained strength and grew healthy. Since then, the finest gingerbread bears her name.
Where ever the name comes from or whether or not the story is true, Elisenlebkuchen are a treat. Today, Elisenlebkuchen can contain no more than 10% flour. They are baked with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, coriander, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom for the typical lebkuchen aroma.