Christmas Gingerbread Men
Where and when did these little guys become a Christmas Tradition?
It was none other than Queen Elizabeth I who instructed her pastry chefs to prepare Gingerbread Men to represent foreign dignitaries and people at court who were attending her eloquent and lavish banquet. Of course news spread and those outside the royal palace made these little guys for their family and guests.
But there’s more!! Gingerbread men were used in folk medicine, practiced by witches and wizards . . . They were baked for young women so they could make future spouses fall in love with them. It was believed that if a man ate a particular gingerbread man that was prepared especially for him, he would fall madly in love.
There’s another tale, an elderly couple, desired to have a child. To console themselves, the couple prepared a human-like cookie, after baked, came to life, escaped from the oven, taking refuge in a neighboring farm. This tale has been handed down by word of mouth with variations . . . However, there was no happy ending. The cookie was eaten by a fox.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the recipe and the historical look into the origins of the Gingerbread Men. Thanks for stopping by!