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In Polish it is called Piernik.

A popular dessert or snack in Poland, it lies somewhere between a sweet bread and a dense cake. Scented with honey, caramelised sugar and mixed spice, these gems make a great accompaniment to just about any beverage.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

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PREPARATION

Melt one tablespoon sugar in large skillet and allow to caramelize. Pour in one fourth cup water, allow to boil. Add rest of sugar. When sugar has dissolved, add honey and spices. Allow to come to boil. Let cool. Sift flour. Put aside one cup with which to flour the board. Add to the caramelized sugar, butter, the eggs, flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Knead very well, adding more flour to make elastic dough. Refrigerate dough for thirty minutes. Roll out on floured board and make favorite cut outs. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes.

Cook's notes: Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
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