Remember the witch house in the Brother’s Grimm fairytale Hansel and Gretel? The haunting story about a cannibalistic witch is not for the faint hearted children, but I remember when listening to that fairytale as a kid, I loved the idea of a cottage made of cake and confectionery!
The Gingerbread House (in German “Lebkuchenhaus” or “Pfefferkuchenhaus”) ,made of harder German style gingerbread, is not only fun to build when you have kids, but they also make a lovely xmas decoration. I especially love the scent of spices the house exudes!
Above: My gingerbread house’s roof is covered in yummy “Pfefferkuchen” standing on an Alessi plate. I opted for the snowman guarding the house simply because the Hansel and Gretel version was sold out!
Gingerbread houses are a popular form of art in Europe, major centres of gingerbread mold carvings include Lyon in France, Pest in Hungary, Nuernberg and Ulm in Germany, Pardubice and Prague in the Czech Republic and Torun in Poland. The people of Bergen in Norway even build a city of gingerbread houses each year before Xmas!
Yes I could take my gingerbread house obsession to the next level and get these cute gingerbread earrings from Parisian costume jeweller Les Nereides.