Today, Day Three, is dedicated to all things Gingerbread!
Today I am delighted to have my wonderful bloggy friend, Dorothy, guest posting. I am sure that many of you already know Dorothy very well as she is the author of the fabulous Holiday blog, Joys of Christmas.
Dorothy will be sharing a post that she did on Gingerbread houses back in September.
Thanks so much for sharing this post at my
12 Days of Christmas Series Dorothy!
12 Days of Christmas Series Dorothy!
I have never actually made a Gingerbread house so I am very keen to learn more about them! Gingerbread was brought to Europe in 992 by the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis (Gregory Makar) (Grégoire de Nicopolis). He left Nicopolis Pompeii, to live in Bondaroy (France), near the town of Pithiviers. He stayed there 7 years, and taught the Gingerbread cooking to French priests and Christians.
The baking of gingerbread houses has long been a Christmas tradition, and some are truly architectural wonders. Here is a video on how to make a Gingerbread house from Reinwalds Bakery that includes a gingerbread recipe that is 100 yrs old.
The harder German-style Gingerbread is often used to build gingerbread houses similar to the "witch's house" encountered by Hansel and Gretel. These houses, covered with a variety of candies and icing, are popular Christmas decorations, often built by children with the help of their parents.
Since 1991, the people of Bergen, Norway, have built a city of gingerbread houses each year before Christmas. Named Pepperkakebyen (Norwegian for "gingerbread city"), it is claimed to be the world's largest such city. It's free for every child under the age of 12 to make their own house with the help of their parents. Assa, from Nissas Juleblogg sent me this link The-Worlds-largest-Ginger-snap-City. When I went to the website and saw the picture of the gingerbread city, which is free for children under the age of 12 to make their own house with the help of their parents, I was amazed in how much work must have gone into making this large miniature city! It's so beautiful.
Another type of model-making with gingerbread uses a boiled dough that can be molded like clay to form inedible statuettes or other decorations. (Wikipedia)
A significant form of popular art in Europe, major centers of gingerbread mold carvings included Lyon, Nürnberg, Pest, Prague, Pardubice, Pulsnitz, Ulm, and Toruń. Gingerbread molds often displayed the "news", showing carved portraits of new kings, emperors, and queens, for example. Substantial mold collections are held at the Ethnographic Museum in Toruń, Poland and the Bread Museum in Ulm, Germany.
For more gingerbread inspiration, here are just a few of the beautiful Gingerbread Houses you can view in a photo gallery at Martha Stewart's Website. I can't imagine the time that goes into making these!
I don't know if I could eat up a gingerbread house after all of the work that goes into making one, they are just so darn cute! But I do recall in one of my earlier posts about the cute little gingerbread boys and girls my friend gave me, how I gobbled those up with a cup of coffee...mmmm...so good!
Thank you so much for finding this interesting information and these great videos about Gingerbread Dorothy! I think I might start small and maybe make some gingerbread men before I attempt a gingerbread house!
Have you ever made a Gingerbread house? Have you recently posted about Gingerbread houses or Gingerbread men? If you have I would love it if you could share your post today! You don't have to link up to me but if you would like to add my Christmas button I would be truly honoured!
Thanks for linking up! Please come back soon to see what other fun Gingerbread posts have been linked up.
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