Eat a nice warm healthy Christmas gingerbread for Christmas
2019-10-17

Speaking of Christmas Eve, Christmas originated from Catholic and Christian festivals, and it has become popular all over the world. The clever Chinese even invented the "Peace Fruit" for Christmas Eve - an apple with a greeting.


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Traditional Christmas food, the one we are most familiar with is roast turkey. All kinds of ingredients are stuffed into the belly of the turkey. The spices are put into the oven. The family sits together and the scene is warm and touching.



If you are not interested in these delicacies, then don't miss another lovely food for Christmas - gingerbread. At this time, you will be able to find them in supermarkets and cafes where Christmas music is played.



1. History of gingerbread
In the 13th century, ginger, which was native to Southeast Asia and tropical and subtropical regions of China, was quickly introduced to Europe by the aristocrats and used in food. Since ginger was very precious at the time, it was only important in Christmas, New Year, Easter, etc. When the festival is making cakes, ginger is chopped and added. The taste is more unique. Secondly, the food with ginger is also able to withstand the cold of winter.



In the 15th century, the method of making ginger biscuits appeared in the British recipe book, which is the prototype of gingerbread. Gingerbread has a low water content, which is good for preservation and can warm the stomach, so it is also a necessary ration for soldiers to fight. The women gave the gingerbread to the lover who was about to go to the battlefield and prayed for peace. It is said that unmarried girls can quickly find their "Mr. Right" if they eat gingerbread on Christmas Eve.



Modern gingerbread originated in Nuremberg, Germany. It is based on traditional gingerbread and is decorated with fondant, chocolate and other decorative ingredients. It is made into a variety of shapes. At Christmas, the gingerbread is hung on the Christmas tree and decorated.


Nowadays, the gingerbread style is getting richer and the taste becomes varied and more, but there are two kinds of gingerbread in the Christmas gingerbread every year - gingerbread man and gingerbread house.


2, gingerbread man

Gingerbread man could be the most famous shape of gingerbread. Every Christmas, a variety of gingerbread man will appear, even if you don't eat it, there is a Christmas atmosphere in the light.



Gingerbread man's origin and legend
It was said that gingerbread man come from a sudden whimsy from Queen Elizabeth of England. She ordered the baker to make a human-shaped gingerbread according to the appearance of the guests attending the Christmas dinner, and gave the guests a Christmas gift. So this custom became hot all over Europe.



In fact, this may also be a history of fabrication. Compared to this history, I still like another legend: During the First World War, a girl fell in love with the enemy's spies. After being discovered,the spy  had to leave. When they parted, the girl did two gingerbread one male one female according to the appearance of themselves, and gave the female gingerbread to her beloved,  to solve the lovesickness and promises to meet in the future.However, until the girl became a grandmother, the boy still did not return. Grandma will make a man-shaped gingerbread every day for passers-by to buy, and I hope someone can help her find her lover. After the grandmother died, her descendants continued to make gingerbread, waiting for the grandmother' lover to return. Until one day, a man took out a woman-shaped gingerbread from the bag. This woman-shaped gingerbread was invented by a deceased grandfather, in order to find the lover he missed...



In fact, this may also be a history of fabrication. Compared to this history, I still like another legend: During the First World War, a girl fell in love with the enemy's spies. After being discovered, she had to separate. When she broke up, the girl did what they did. A man-and-women's two-piece gingerbread, and hand-picked the woman's gingerbread to the beloved, to solve the lovesickness, and meet in the future. However, until the girl became a grandmother, the boy still did not return. Grandma will make a man-shaped gingerbread every day for passers-by to buy, and I hope someone can help her find her lover. After the grandmother died, her descendants continued to make gingerbread, waiting for the grandmother to return. Until one day, a man took out a woman-shaped gingerbread from the bag. This woman-shaped gingerbread was invented by a deceased grandfather, in order to find the lover he missed...



Gingerbread man's production
Mix low-gluten flour, ginger powder, butter, brown sugar, white sugar powder, honey, eggs, cinnamon and other raw materials, and add appropriate amount of water to form a dough;



Use a rolling pin to knead the dough into a pastry of about 3-5 mm, and print the shape of the gingerbread man with a humanoid mold;



Put the gingerbread man into the baking tray, brush the egg liquid on it, set the oven to heat up and down, 180 degrees, and put the gingerbread man in the oven for 15 minutes to remove it;



Finally, you can use the food coloring, icing or chocolate to create ideas on the baked gingerbread man.



3, gingerbread house

In addition to gingerbreaders, another common type of gingerbread is the gingerbread house. Especially for children, the gingerbread house is even more like it.




The origin of the gingerbread house
The gingerbread house comes from Grimm's fairy tale "Candy House". It is said that a pair of German brothers and sisters named Banjar and Coranti were thrown into the forest by their stepmother. The hungry brothers and sisters mistakenly entered the witches in the forest with candy. The house, eating a lot of delicious, but was discovered by the witch, the brothers and sisters used their wisdom to defeat the witch and fled back to the village.




Inspired by fairy tales, the Germans made a beautiful gingerbread house with gingerbread at Christmas time, and put snacks and small gifts in it, which was very popular among the children.



Making gingerbread house

The raw materials and methods of making gingerbread houses are similar to those of gingerbreaders, but the procedures are more complicated. The most important thing is to draw the drawings of the gingerbread house before making the cake, and then cut the image according to the drawings on the cake.




Finally, it is enough to stick the various parts of the gingerbread house together with ingredients such as icing or chocolate.



Gingerbread man and gingerbread house are the brightest stars in the gingerbread family. In addition, there are many fun and nice gingerbreads that bring joy to Christmas.




4,How to eat gingerbread
Gingerbread can be seen, what is the taste? Because of the addition of ginger, the gingerbread is crispy and has a hint of stimulating taste. After entering the stomach, there is a little warm feeling. It is very suitable for eating in the cold Christmas of the Northern Hemisphere. But the gingerbread itself is a bit hard, especially the gingerbread that is bought outside, it is a bit hard to bite, so the gingerbread is very suitable for eating with a drink.

Gingerbread with black tea
Gingerbread as a snack is a good afternoon tea, and it is very good with thick black tea. Eat a bite of gingerbread, then drink a cup of black tea, gingerbread melts in the mouth, ginger's slightly spicy and black tea's mellow complement each other, delicious and cozy.




Gingerbread with coffee

Bitter coffee and slightly spicy gingerbread are also very suitable for pairing together. The bitter and spicy taste is quite unique.



Gingerbread with hot chocolate

This is the favorite match of the younger brother. Put the gingerbread in the hot chocolate. The gingerbread is softened by heat and absorbs the hot taste. It is placed in the mouth and has a good aftertaste.




Gingerbread with milk
The gingerbread is so spicy that it is easy to irritate the stomach when eating too much. It is much better with the milk that raises the stomach. When you eat, you can put the gingerbread into the milk like a hot chocolate, soak it and taste it very differently.




Gingerbread with red wine

The combination of gingerbread and red wine is only suitable for adults. After the Christmas Eve dinner, the friends who are still unfinished can eat gingerbread and drink some red wine and sit around the Christmas tree. The state of micro-small is not the pursuit of Christmas. Is it?



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Finally, I wish you all health, happiness and happiness.


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