It isn’t easy to find a dessert that would symbolize the Christmas and New Year holidays more perfectly than gingerbread. But today, we are talking about aromatic, delicate textured pastries. Also, at the end of the article, we will give you a recipe for gingerbread. Read on.
Who Invented Gingerbread?
There is a legend according to which English monks were the first to add ginger to baked goods. In the 11th century, a monk named Patrick mixed a dough to which he added ginger, brought by his brother from the Crusade. The spicy gingerbread cookies were so popular with the monks and the abbot that Patrick was asked to bake them for Christmas.
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This legend is disputed in Germany, claiming that they were also in one of the monasteries that made the first gingerbread cookies. By the way, German Nuremberg is considered the inventor of this pastry. This city has no equal in terms of mass baking at Christmas, variations of forms, and skill of decorating them with all kinds of glaze.
Gingerbread men are said to have been baked in the 16th century at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. She loved to surprise foreign ambassadors with gingerbread with his portrait. And yes, if you are ready for marriage and are not ready to wait long for this, then you need to bake and eat the ginger man. It should help – this is also one of the beautiful legends.
Some More Benefits of Dry Ground Ginger
The spice contains vitamins A, C, B, iron, magnesium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. Promotes good digestion and speeds up metabolism. They also eliminate bloating, colic, etc.
- 225 g butter
- 215 g brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 165 g honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- a pinch of ground hot pepper
- 1 tsp soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Beat the softened butter with a mixer along with sugar. Add egg and honey.
- In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients: flour, spices, salt, and baking soda.
- Add flour to the oil mixture in several steps. Knead the dough and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out the figures using special molds.
- Bake the gingerbread cookies in an oven preheated to 190 C for 12-15 minutes.
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Tip: To coat the gingerbread cookie with the icing, beat half of the egg white into a stiff froth (until peaks appear). Add 55g of caster sugar and beat until smooth. Add another 55g of powder and mix. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
Transfer the icing to a bag, cut off a small end, and decorate the finished baked goods. This glaze cannot be stored for a long time; it must be used on the day of preparation.
Adapted and translated by Wiki Avenue Staff
Sources: Today Lifestyle