German Gingerbread Creations Yummy for Every Sense

Posted on February 7, 2013 by

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You may have seen them on display in the library, and chances are, if you saw them, you had the sudden urge to consume them.

I’m not talking about books, of course–I’m talking about gingerbread houses!

They were made by the German classes on 18 December and were briefly displayed in the library before the German students took them home to eat–much to the dismay of everyone else.

German teacher Christine Moll has made gingerbread houses a tradition in her classes since 1993.  She has also been making gingerbread houses with her children since they were four-years-old. She admired other people’s gingerbread houses while she was in Germany as a university student.

Gingerbread originated in Europe during the eleventh century. This primitive form of the bread did not evolve into the famous house shape until much later. In fact, the bread was baked as biscuits and painted to be put on display in windows in shops.

The bread became a popular food at fairs and festivals in Germany and England in the eighteenth century.

Today, it has become a staple of Christmas culture both in America and Germany. These days, Gingerbread houses usually consist of graham crackers, icing, and candy. These ingredients were used to make gingerbread houses in German classes.

“I thought the coolest “house” in my class this year was actually a gingerbread church, complete with a gingerbread cross and a candy steeple,” Moll said. “It was built by Becca Weida, Ian Grafe and Rob Kohl, who named it ‘The Church of Graham.’”

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