Not for the Faint Hearted: Old Polish Spiced Honey Rye Cookies (Razowe Pierniczki Staropolskie)

These cookies beautifully exemplify the rugged roots of Polish culture from centuries ago–or at least my exotic view of it.  They are crunchy, gritty, and sharp-tasting.  They are not very sweet, although a lot of honey goes into them.  I can imagine munching on them after a long, exhausting trek through snowy, mountainous terrain.  No […]

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Old-Style Polish Gingerbread Cookies (“Pierniczki Staropolskie”)

Honey-based gingerbread cookies are a Polish specialty.  The city of Toruń is particularly known for their gingerbread cookies.  The cookies date back to the Medieval times–I love them just for the reason!  While Christmas-themed gingerbread cookies are made in our home during the holiday season, these cookies can be enjoyed anytime of year.  Wedel is one brand that we […]

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Polish Plum Cake (Ciasto ze Śliwkami)

It’s the middle of fall, and we missed the short Italian prune plum season for the third year in a row.  These plums are fantastic for making homemade preserves and also for incorporating into desserts.  While we won’t have plum preserves again this year, we can still snack on those big red or black (purple?) […]

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