Recipe by ZURIELLE
"This is a recipe from my Polish grandmother. It is a semi-sweet bread that tastes wonderful with a little butter. I grew up on this stuff and it has always been one of my favorites."
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After some minor tweaks (like adding some baking powder for lifting power and more walnuts for extra flavour and texture) this bread was truly delightful and has become a staple in my family. Best eaten warm with butter. Just delicious! And the aroma that fills up your kitchen as it's baking is heavenly too..Thanks for posting..
This recipe doesn't work as it is written. Althought the bread doesn't need a yeast packet, it does need 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Also, although I let the bread dough rest for an hour, I don't think that that is necessary(after all there is no yeast). I also think that the baking pans should not only be greased but also floured. With these changes the resulting bread is quite delicious. A true polish delite.
I followed this recipe to a T, except that I poured all the batter into a 9 x 13 casserole pan. I made it for mother's day, and everyone loved it. It truly tasted authentic. My 80 yrd Polish Grandpa said it was the best he had ever tasted. I might try using this dough for cookies at x-mas time. The dough has a gingerbread taste to it.
I served this to my Polish friends, and they loved it, and said it was like the piernik in Poland. I did make some changes. I followed the advice and added 1/2 tsp of baking powder and I did not let it rest for 1 hour. After it was cooled, I divided the loaves into three layers. I sprinkled two of the layers with a bit of brandy and then spread them with plum butter. After re-assembling, I covered the entire cake with a chocolate ganache.
We loved this bread - a wonderful surprise taste of honey lingering in your mouth - I added apricots and it worked well at a church breakfast
This recipe was great!!!! I omitted the raisins, just because I'm not a fan. I'm glad I added walnuts though because they added some texture and flavor. I love the spices in this bread! I think dried cranberries or "craisins" would be good in this bread!
I grew up eating this as a child and was excited to find the recipe. I did follow the advice of a reviewer and added 1/2 tsp. baking powder. I also agree you need to grease and flour the pan. My family ate half of this up for breakfast and finished it off later with coffee. We all thought it tasted best when we heated up the slices in the toaster oven first. Mmm!
I love the taste of the honey, nuts and rasins. I eat it with peanut butter for dinner.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Piernik - Honey Bread
Serving Size: 1/32 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 32
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 50
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