Happy New Year!
Sending joy and love for 2011. And if you are ever at a loss for what to be thankful for this year, be thankful that your limbs and head were not snapped off and eaten. (Read on for the recipe that will produce these men whose heads you can be snapped.)
Thank you for being a part of The Sweet Beet community – the joy of sharing and learning and laughing with all of you is enormous.
- Came to Europe (first to France) by returning Crusaders from The Middle East in the 11th Century, who brought the spice back.
- The original Middle Eastern recipe created thicker, denser gingerbread, more like bread.
- The name “gingerbread” however, had nothing to do with bread and is a corruption of the french word gingerbras, meaning “preserved ginger”.
- Ginger wasn’t merely flavorful, it had properties that helped preserve food and was also thought to aid in digestion.
- The first gingerbread men were made in the 1500’s in England in the Court of Elizabeth I. She had gingerbread figures created in the likeness of her important guests.
Click here for the Gingerbread Cookie recipe shown above.
And congratulations to Carrie Griffin! – winner of the new-subscriber, win-6-mos-of-artisanal-food, give-away.
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