Piernik - Honey Bread

Piernik - Honey Bread


"This is a recipe from my Polish grandmother. It is a semi-sweet bread that tastes wonderful with a little butter. I grew up on this stuff and it has always been one of my favorites."


2 h 30 m servings 175 cals
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Original recipe yields 32 servings



  • Calories:
  • 175 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 5.5 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.5g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 51 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and eggs. Stir in the milk and oil, and mix in the baking soda. Place honey in a small pot, and bring to a boil. Stir honey into the bowl. Mix flour into the bowl. Fold in the raisins and walnuts. Stir by hand with a sturdy spoon for 10 minutes. Allow the dough to sit 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease four 8x4 inch loaf pans.
  3. Fill each loaf pan with about 2 inches of the batter. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Bread will be brown in color and will crack on top.
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  1. 18 Ratings


This recipe doesn't work as it is written. Althought the bread doesn't need a yeast packet, it does need 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Also, although I let the bread dough rest for an hour, I don...

After some minor tweaks (like adding some baking powder for lifting power and more walnuts for extra flavour and texture) this bread was truly delightful and has become a staple in my family. Be...

I followed this recipe to a T, except that I poured all the batter into a 9 x 13 casserole pan. I made it for mother's day, and everyone loved it. It truly tasted authentic. My 80 yrd Polish ...

I served this to my Polish friends, and they loved it, and said it was like the piernik in Poland. I did make some changes. I followed the advice and added 1/2 tsp of baking powder and I did not...

We loved this bread - a wonderful surprise taste of honey lingering in your mouth - I added apricots and it worked well at a church breakfast

I love the taste of the honey, nuts and rasins. I eat it with peanut butter for dinner.

This recipe was great!!!! I omitted the raisins, just because I'm not a fan. I'm glad I added walnuts though because they added some texture and flavor. I love the spices in this bread! I th...

I grew up eating this as a child and was excited to find the recipe. I did follow the advice of a reviewer and added 1/2 tsp. baking powder. I also agree you need to grease and flour the pan. My...

This came out great! I was born in Poland but moved here at 9 years old and this is very similar to what my grandmother used to make. Definitely a keeper!