When you say Christmas I think of spicy delicacies. And what would this winter vacation be without some good homemade gingerbread? This is actually a family favorite.
What many people fail to realize is that while it is gingerbread, it can have other spices besides ginger. It would be easier to say it is a sweet honey cake with spices such as cinnamon, coriander, ginger or star anise.
Gingerbread has been known in many civilizations but it seems that Western gingerbread originated from a Chinese honey cake embellished with aromatic plants migrating through the countries of the Levant and brought back by the Crusaders around the 12th-12th centuries.
It has spread as a Christmas pastime by monastic networks in Northern Europe, especially in the Germanic field and then in the north-east of present-day France, mainly in Alsace, Reims or Dijon. Of course it is now known worldwide and comes for many as a welcome holiday treat.
And they are easy to make, in fact there is nothing simpler – making a great project for families with small children, just follow the one of the many recipes you can find in cook books or online.
It's fast, it's good and it's as simple!
The only downside is that you have to be patient before you can eat it when it comes out of the oven and then it is gone in a flash – at least in our home!
Decline in all ways:
To accompany foie gras,
To the snack with jam and a good tea,
To make canapés for an aperitif (I made gingerbread, honey, foie gras: a treat!)!
To your kitchens the greedy!