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Prianiki with Honey and Spices
The prianik is the oldest of the Russian sweetmeats. Traditionally it is a small
cake made with honey and spices (prianosti). Prianiki can also be made with different
flavors and resemble a slightly floury meringue. If hot honey or syrup is used in
the making, the dough should be left for an hour or two in the refrigerator before
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 10 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Mix together oil and honey. Beat eggs and sugar until white and fluffy.
- Sift flour with baking powder and stir in the spices.
- Gradually mix the spiced
flour into the eggs and sugar and then add the honey. The dough should be stiff
but not dry. Cool for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
- Roll into small balls in the palms of your hands and place, well separated, on
a greased baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated fairly hot oven for 20 minutes.
- Spiced Prianiki are usually glazed while still hot by dipping into a syrup made with 8
tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons water, into which is folded a stiffly beaten
- Cool on a wire grill.