Gingerbread descends from Medieval European culinary traditions. Gingerbread was also shaped into different forms by monks in Germany in the 13th century. Nuremberg was recognized as the “Gingerbread Capital of the World” when in the 1600s the guild started to employ master bakers and skilled workers to create complicated works of art from gingerbread. Medieval bakers used carved boards to create elaborate designs. During the 13th century, the custom spread across Europe. It was taken to Sweden in the 13th century by German immigrants.
The tradition came to America with Pennsylvanian German immigrants.
The culinary students at SUNY-Delhi (who previously taught us how to carve ice) created this masterpiece and won “Best in Show”. It took them 165 hours of work!