From the first Advent until Christmas every night Estonian children put their shoe on their windowsill because Päkapikud (little elves) starts visits good children and brings at night into the child slipper, some candy.
Today there are of course discussions:) Is it a 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, that means Christmas.
- 2 dl brown syrup or honey
- 1,5 dl(brown) sugar
- 250 g butter
- 2 eggs
- 10 dl flour
- 3 tablespoon gingerbread spice ( or mix yourself 1 part grounded ginger, 1 clove, 1 cardamon, 1 cinnamon, and 0,3 part spice, 0,3 black pepper, grated orange peel)
- 2 teaspoon soda
- 2 tablespoon cacao. Can be added more. Cacao gives colour and bitterness.
(1/2 orange juice and grated peel)
- Heat syrup (orange juice and peel) 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 the bowl is ” clean”, and dough separates from the bowl
- Sprinkle the dough with flour and roll into food film.
- let the dough to set at least 1 day in the 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)
Soundtrack Maarja ” Suudlus läbi jäätund klaasi”