Pryanik (Russian and Ukrainian: пряник, Belarusian: пернік) refers to a range of traditional sweet baked goods in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and some neighboring countries such as Poland (Polish: piernik). Traditionally pryaniks are made from flour and honey. While some Russian-English dictionaries translate pryanik as gingerbread, ginger is an optional pryanik ingredient, unlike honey. Sugar is often used instead of honey in industrial pryaniki production and modern home-cooking. Related to pryanik is kovrizhka (коврижка), a sweet pie with similar ingredients.
The word pryanik is from Old East Slavic пьпьрянъ, an adjective from Old East Slavic пьпьрь 'pepper' which makes it etymologically similar or related to German Pfefferkuchen. However, traditional pryaniki do not usually include pepper as an ingredient.
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