Hungarian Honey Cakes (Mézeskalács)

Recipe by KateL
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READY IN: 24hrs 6mins
SERVES: 24-48
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • DAY BEFORE BAKING:
  • Sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda.
  • Melt together the butter and the honey, pour over the flour combination and stir to mix.
  • Add 1 egg and knead together. The dough should be soft (you can add a bit of lukewarm water if necessary), since it will harden a bit during its resting period.
  • Cover the dough in a bowl and let it rest at least one day at room temperature.
  • BAKING DAY:
  • Rolling out the dough is easiest between two pieces of waxed paper.
  • Cut desired shapes out of the dough (of about 3/8 inches thickness on average).
  • Before baking, brush with the yolk of an egg to which a few drops of red food coloring have been added. If you are decorating with seeds, brush dough with egg white to "paste" seeds on top of dough before baking.
  • (Alternately, let the honey cakes rest a few days and then decorate with colored sugar icings.).
  • Place cut out pieces of dough on a cold, greased cookie sheet, bake at 350 degrees F. (or less) for about 6-8 minutes. Thicker pieces may need a longer time (ovens temperatures also vary).
  • DECORATION:
  • If icing cookies, let the honey cakes rest a few days and then decorate with colored sugar icings.
  • MAKE VARIOUS COLORED SUGAR ICINGS:
  • Colored sugar icing, one version: To one egg white, add as much sifted powdered sugar as needed to make fairly stiff paste. Add desired food colorings, separated by color. (Do not use a mixer!)
  • Spoon this mixture into a small nylon baggie, cut a tiny hole in one corner, roll up and use like a pencil to draw and color.
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