Janisa loves eating and experimenting in the kitchen. She enjoys creating new recipes and homemade versions of popular store-bought foods.
Easter in Russia
You don't have to be a Christian in Russia to love Easter; all you need is a love for food, especially sweets, and you're set! Today, I'll share a very popular Easter biscuit recipe with you. Hope you enjoy!
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Lots of delicious biscuits!
Ingredients for the Biscuits
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- cinnamon, to taste
- ginger powder, to taste
- 3 eggs
- 7 cups flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup butter, (unsalted)
Instructions: Making the Biscuits
- In a small saucepan on low heat, melt and mix together the butter, honey and sugar. Add the spices (ginger and cinnamon) and cool the mixture to room temperature.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add them to the cooled honey mixture.
- Slowly add in the flour, baking soda and cocoa powder.
- Knead until a soft, elastic dough forms. Leave it in the fridge for several hours—or, better yet, overnight.
- When you're ready to continue, preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Roll out the dough to your desired thickness. My preference is around 1 centimeter thick.
- Time to cut out your biscuits! Use cookie cutters or let your imagination go wild! Cutting out egg shapes is both convenient and fast, especially if you're doing this without cookie cutters. They are also fun to decorate after!
- Bake for 15 minutes. The biscuits will rise and turn golden. And you won't be able to ignore the delicious aroma!
Ingredients for the Icing
By the way, feel free to skip this step and all steps after it if you're opting for simpler, icing-free cookies. If that is the case, they are now ready to be enjoyed!
- 1 egg white
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 cup icing sugar
- food colouring (optional)
Instructions: Making the Icing
- Combine the egg white and lemon juice in a bowl.
- Add the icing sugar gradually. The icing will acquire a consistency similar to that of sour cream.
- Optional: Separate the icing into different bowls or containers and add a bit of food colouring to each one.
- Fill up your icing dispenser with your homemade icing. You can always use a Ziploc bag instead!
How to Decorate the Biscuits
Make sure the biscuits have cooled down before beginning to decorate. Draw whatever you want using your homemade icing, be it festive phrases or unique Easter egg designs.
If you plan to give these as gifts, wait a few hours before packaging the treats. The icing needs to be completely dry before you do so.
Have an amazing Easter weekend, whether you celebrate it or not. Even if you don't, you still have a great excuse to treat yourself to these Russian Easter biscuits! Enjoy them!
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