Tula Pryanik: Russian Gingerbread Cake Recipe

Introduction
Tula Pryanik, a Russian classic, is a rich and flavorful gingerbread cake with a unique combination of spices and a distinctive shape. This traditional dessert is a beloved favorite across the country, renowned for its soft, chewy texture and delectable flavor profile.

Ingredients
– 1 cup honey
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup butter, softened
– 1 egg
– 1 tablespoon ground ginger
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Steps
1. In a large saucepan, combine the honey, sugar, and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
2. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
3. Stir in the egg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and flour. Mix until a dough forms.
4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. 5. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
7. Cut out desired shapes using cookie cutters.
8. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.

Tips

  • For a chewier texture, bake the cookies for a few minutes less.
  • For a crispier texture, bake the cookies for a few minutes longer.
  • To add a festive touch, decorate the cookies with royal icing or sprinkles.

FAQ

  1. What is the origin of Tula Pryanik?
    Tula Pryanik originated in the city of Tula, Russia, in the 17th century.

  2. Why does Tula Pryanik have a unique shape?
    The unique shape of Tula Pryanik is said to represent the wooden molds that were traditionally used to create the cookies.

  3. What is the best way to store Tula Pryanik?

Tula Pryanik can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Tula Pryanik: Russian Gingerbread Cake Recipe

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