Christmas Tradition of Gingerbread

Christmas Tradition of Gingerbread

By Mac Carey Gingerbread is a popular Christmas treat all over the world, in many different forms. Gingerbread first appeared in central Europe in the Middle Ages, made from sugars and spices that had been brought back from the Middle East by soldiers returning from the Crusades. In England, gingerbread only meant “preserved ginger,” referring to the preservative effect of ginger on breads, cakes, and other pastries. It wasn’t until the 15th century that gingerbread referred specifically to the sweet cake made with treacle and ginger. And it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that the treat became associated primarily with Christmas. Gingerbread became so popular in Europe that “gingerbread fairs,” gatherings where people could sample the popular delicacy, proliferated inRead more