This past week, we celebrated Russian Christmas at our elementary school. We included a variety of crafts, and some special sweet treats. Among them was Pryaniki (spice cookies or honey bread). My friend who made these, explained that the older Russian recipes do not include a lot of fat since butter and other such products were not readily available. Try the Pryaniki recipe she used.
Tyanuchki is a Russian Cream Candy made as follows:
In a heavy saucepan mix together:
1 ½ cups of sugar
1 cup cream
Boil gently, stirring, for 10 to 12 minutes, until the mixture turns thick and creamy in color. If you use a candy thermometer it should register 245 (firm ball stage). You can also test it by dropping a little into cold water. If it hardens immediately it’s done.
Immediately stir in ¾ cup chopped walnuts and pour into a greased 8” square pan. Allow to cool for 2 hours and then cut into small squares.
For a variety of Russian related Christmas craft projects, check out the Cavendish Historical Society Blog.
A very Merry Christmas.