The gingerbread (Lebkuchen in German) was created by medieval monks in the 13th century. But the tradition of baking gingerbread house (Lebkuchenhaus) started only in the 19th century. In this time, the Brothers Grimm published a collection of fairy tale, including “Hansel and Gretel”.
Do you remember this part of the story?
“In the middle of the clearing was a little house made entirely of gingerbread! The roof was tarred with icing, the window frames were licorice, and the trees and bushes in the yard were made of gumdrops and lollipops! Hansel and Gretel were so hungry they ran to the house and began to lick and nibble it!”
I think many children wish to find a house like that and eat it all without guilt. At least, that’s how I felt every time my beloved grandma told me this story. By the way, this was my first gingerbread house and I had such a great time making it. I took the recipe from Martha Stewart’s website. I loved! You can find everything there, as the gingerbread and royal icing recipes, templates and how to assemble the house.