This year I have more kitchen responsibilities than I am used to, just because I will be preparing Christmas Eve dinner on my own. It will be just for two of us, but still I want to preserve atmosphere of holidays and recreate as many traditional Polish dishes as I can (just so you know, it should be twelve of them).

To start my holiday recipe testing I chose gingerbread. It is not the only Christmas cake baked in Poland, but it seemed easy enough for me to try it first, so I did. I was a little bit worried when I saw how runny the batter was but my worries went away as soon as I could smell gingerbread from the oven. This recipe will give you light and fluffy type of gingerbread, not a dense one. The latter will come soon though, so do not worry!


  •  1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 1/4cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, prepare baking dish (9-inch square dish will work)
  2. Mix the hot water with honey and set aside.
  3. In separate bowl mix all dry ingredients: flour, salt and spices. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl whisk butter, egg and sugar until well blended.
  5. Start adding, alternating, honey mixture and flour, with mixer on a low speed.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 1hr.

Yeld: ~13 slices (one loaf)

Nutritional Info (one slice, 70g/2.3oz): Cal 247, Prot 3g, Carb 44g, Fat 7g, Fiber 1g

Slice of gingerbread.

Slice of gingerbread.

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