From first Advent until Chrstimas every night Estonian children put their shoe on their windowsill, because Päkapikud (little elfs) starts visits good children and brings at night in to the child slipper, some candy.
Today there are of course discussions:) Is it good idea, that “Päkapikud” leave candy, maybe it should be carrot or raisins 🙂
And what about “not good” children. But anyway, christmas time is started and this is means Piparkook!
In Estonian, Piparkook means, in direct translation – pepper cake. So, nothing about ginger 🙂
Gingerbreads, Piparkoogid is something, what means Christmas.
- 2 dl brown syrup or honey
- 1,5 dl(brown) sugar
- 250 g butter
- 2 eggs
- 10 dl flour
- 3 tablespoon ginger bread spice ( or mix yourself 1 part grounded ginger, 1 cloves, 1 cardamon, 1 cinnamon, and 0,3 part spice, 0,3 black pepper, grated orange peel)
- 2 teaspoon soda
- 2 teaspoon cacao. Can be added more. Cacao gives colour and bitterness.
- Heat syrup and sugar, while sugar is melted. Add butter and melt it in hot syrup.
- Let syrup cool down
- Whip eggs and add flour with spices
- Mix together syrup and flour. Knead the dough until bowl is ” clean”, and dough separates from the bowl
- Sprinkle the dough with flour and roll in to food film.
- let dough set at least 1 day in fridge
- For baking. Fold the dough with the palm size pieces and knead it while it is elastic.
- Roll dough to 2-3 mm and form cookies.
- Bake in the oven 180 C, ca 8 minutes.
- For glaze, mix 1 egg white with 100 g icing sugar (or more, it depends on egg size)
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