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Gingerbread baking – a first taste of the holidays

Round up family and friends! It’s December and the time for the (almost) mandatory baking of ginger thins is here.

A group of children and adults amid gingerbread baking centered around a very large sheet of dough on a kitchen table.
A group of children and adults amid gingerbread baking centered around a very large sheet of dough on a kitchen table.

A tradition starting at an early age

It’s the quintessential flavor of the winter holidays to many Scandinavians. Gingerbread dates centuries back and the traditions surrounding it today are firmly established. Mostly eaten in the form of thin, brittle cookies, they’re often made at home and baking them involves everyone in the family. To many children, the yearly gingerbread sessions are their first experiences of kitchen collaboration (including liberal sampling of the dough).

Gingerbread in all shapes and sizes

Once the dough is rolled into a thin sheet, it’s time for the pastry cutters. (In Swedish, the term for them is gingerbread molds.) Bakers of all ages are welcome. Since the dough is supple and easy to handle, it’s easy to start over.

Building a house of your own

The centerpiece is a given: the gingerbread house. Glued together with melted sugar and decorated with icing, it’s built to stand through the entire holiday season. Being deliciously edible, however, parts of the house are known to go missing. Theme, architecture and level of ambition is up to you. Happy baking!

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