The countdown to Christmas starts now! Pierniki are little Polish cakes (called Prianiki in Russia) – which are flavoured with cinnamon and cloves, and generally eaten in the festive run up.
I first tried Pierniki after buying some Katarzynki in Inowroc?aw in Poland. I loved them, and just had to write a recipe for them. You can shape them however you like – if you’ve got shaped cutters, feel free to use them. I’ve also included a quick chocolate icing recipe at the bottom for reference, but please – coat them in whatever takes your fancy!
Polish Pierniki Recipe – Ingredients
- 450g (16 oz)Plain Flour
- 200g (7 oz) Caster Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Pinch of Ground Black Pepper
- Pinch of Ground Nutmeg (Mace)
- 250ml Runny Honey
- 4 Free Range Eggs
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
Polish Pierniki Recipe – Method
- Heat honey in a saucepan until it begins to boil, then turn off.
- Combine eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk together until thickened.
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg and sugar while mixing to prevent any lumps.
- Pour in the honey and mix everything until smooth.
- Turn out the mixture onto a floured surface, and roll out to around 1 cm thick.
- Cut into shapes as desired – I prefer to cut rounds with a biscuit cutter, then “rough them up a bit” with my hands for a rustic shape.
- Place Pierniki onto a greased baking tray, then into the oven at 180c for 12 minutes or until lightly coloured.
- Allow to cool before dipping into your chocolate icing for coating.
And for the Chocolate Icing…
You’ll need just 50g (1.8 oz) Chocolate, 3 tablespoons of Icing Sugar and 10g (0.35 oz) of unsalted Butter for this.
First, put your icing sugar into a bowl. Next, turn on the heat on a pan of water, and place your chopped up chocolate with the butter in a bowl on top. Let it heat up like this until it melts (feel free to “encourage” it with stirring, poking etc), then pour out and into the icing sugar. Mix it all together; add a touch of water if it’s to thick, then top your Pierniki.