Sunday, 25 December 2016

European Christmas Cakes - Estonians love their gingerbread!

The website 'Europe's Not Dead' recently compiled a list of Christmas cakes from around Europe. As you scroll through the list of countries you will see that the list is quite diverse. In Estonia, people absolutely love to eat gingerbread biscuits (piparkoogid) at Christmas time and if they don't have time to make them themselves, they can be bought almost everywhere!

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Christmas and New Year without Piparkoogid just doesn't feel right. Piparkoogid actually translates as pepper cakes, and they’re a must-have in Estonia. Mums and dads across the country are rolling and cutting and baking gingerbread cookies with their delighted offspring. Coffee shops replace the traditional chocolate-with-your-cuppa with piparkook-with-your-cuppa. Piparkoogid are actually made with lots of different spices, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, orange peel, black pepper. The most important part of the preparation of the dough is burning the sugar. The burnt sugar gives the piparkoogid the brown colour. It is good to let the dough rest for at least 24 hours and it can stay in the fridge even for a month.

To read the full article, please click here: European Christmas Cakes