Combine sugar, honey and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, stir together the honey mixture with the chocolate chips, almonds, candied fruit, eggs and orange juice. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder; stir into the fruit and nut mixture. Tightly cover the bowl, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days to blend the flavours.
Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour a swissroll tin. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared tin.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool and ice with the orange icing.
To make the orange icing, put the icing sugar in a small bowl, and beat in the orange juice 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Spread over the cooled traybake. Cut bars into diamond shapes, and place sweets on top then sprinkle with the green sugar.
I had been looking for a lebkuchen recipe for a long time. I enjoyed making them, they tasted really good. I went to the cinema with a German friend and took some of these for us to eat during the film with a cup of coffer. I didn't tell my friend what I had made, and she spontaneously said " Very authentic darling, can I have the recipe ? " - 13 Mar 2011