Introduction: 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! 

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. 

Step 2:

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  • add honey, coffee, sugar, butter and spices to a saucepan and mix over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter melted.  Leave to cool for a while you prepare the other ingredients.

Step 3:

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  • break eggs into a bowl and add the lemon zest and whisk for a few minutes until bubbly

Step 4:

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  • slowly pour in the melted butter, sugar and honey mixture onto the whisked eggs and keep beating for a few minutes until fully incorporated. 
  • Be careful not to add the melted mixture too quickly as this may curdle the eggs

Step 5:

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  • add sifted flour and baking powder to the wet mixture and stir well to incorporate
  • pour into greased baking tin

Step 6:

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  • bake for 30-40 minutes - it is ready when a skewer/tooth pick comes out clean. 
  • leave to cool completely before cutting into squares
  • eat and share with your nearest and dearest :)
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I hope you enjoy and try this out - let me know how you get on.


misko13 (author)2012-11-17

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. :)

joettle (author)2012-11-17

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.

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