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Polish honey and spice gingerbread (piernik)

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Here is my version of the traditional Polish piernik - a gingerbread flavoured with honey and spices- perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This gingerbread lasts for at least a week and also seems to improve in flavour over time when the spices have had chance to mix and mingle.  This would also makes a great food gift during this festive season.  I hope you enjoy! 


ingredients:
1 cup honey
1 cup black coffee
8 oz butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp baking powder
4 cups plain (all purpose) flour
1 lemon zested
1 tsp all spice (pimento)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon

preparation time: 20 minutes
cooking time:  30-40 minutes

Step 1:

  • preheat oven to 190C and grease/line a baking pan.  I used a 9x12 pan, but you can also make this in a loaf tin. 
 
misko132 years ago
My father is polish and made me try this a few years ago. Since then I get excited when I hear Piernik! Thanks for posting this :D
you are very welcome - let me know how you get on if you try baking it. :)
joettle2 years ago
Looks delicious! Would that be ground coffee or instant coffee?
Thanks - hope you enjoy. The cup of coffee can be either made with ground or instant - both would be fine. I used ground as I had some leftover from the morning.