The history of gingerbread

Gingerbread, believed to have been brought to Europe by returning crusaders at the end of the 11thcentury, was tasty and the ginger helped preserve the bread. French legend says it was brought to Europe in 992 by the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis.

Professional baker guilds comprised only of gingerbread bakers were formed and gingerbread baking developed into an acknowledged profession. During the 17thcentury, only professional gingerbread bakers were allowed to bake it, except at Christmas and Easter, when anyone could bake it.  

Gingerbread houses originated in Germany in the early 1800s, with the first ones being a result of Grimm’s fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Following the book’s publication, German bakers began making the fairy-tale houses, decorated with candies and frosting.

The gingerbread house has evolved into churches, castles, cars and anything you could possibly envision.  A national Gingerbread House Competition is held in Asheville, North Carolina each year.

Source: Wikipedia; Epicure and Culture website

Gingerbread Workshop

Osceola History will present a Gingerbread Workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the history museum. Florida Technical College baking and culinary students will offer instruction on making gingerbread dough and decorating cookies. 

Participants can take an after-hours tour of the museum and the gift shop will be open for Christmas shopping. Refreshments will be served. 

Registration is $20 for Osceola History member and $25 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets. 

The museum is located at 4155 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee. For more information: mia@osceolahistory.orgor 407-396-8644, ext. 3.