Carved wooden gingerbread/honeycake mold.
The mold has been handled with food safe mix of bee wax and mineral oil, ready to bake with.
Ideal for baking gingerbread and honeycake.
Total size: 10 x 10 x 2 cm.
Material: beech wood
Gingerbread is a sweet pastry with spices that give it its name.
Russian gingerbread cakes are famous not just for their taste and aroma, but also for their attractive appearance. They usually are stamped or painted with colored glaze designs, so they are perfect as gifts for memorable events.
The history of gingerbread goes back to the distant past. Its predecessors were already known in the first millennium B.C. In Russia, gingerbread appeared in the 9th century A.D. In those days, gingerbread was called “honey bread”, because honey was the main ingredient of the dough and determined the taste and smell of the cake.
Later, they began to add herbs and spices into the gingerbread dough, and when Russia established trade relations with the Eastern countries, gingerbread acquired the aroma of ginger, peppermint, clove, nutmeg and other spices, and became justly known as “gingerbread”.
Making stamped gingerbread cakes is an art. First, the dough is made from rye flour, honey, eggs, water and spices. The dough is cut into pieces, rolled out, and each piece is put on a special board with a carved pattern, so that the dough fills all the depressions on the board. Then, the first layer of the dough is covered with a second one with a filling in between, and the edges are pressed together. The cake is turned over so that the stamped image is on top and the surface is glazed with sugar syrup, which sets off the picture and makes it more visible after baking.
Each carved board is used to create just one design for gingerbread, and a new design calls for a new board. In the past, gingerbread boards were made by craftsmen, and nowadays, new desings are created mostly by professional artists.
Fillings for gingerbread have also changed over time. In earlier days they were made of fruit jam, but now the most popular filling is made of boiled condensed milk and nuts. Tender, delicious and aromatic, Russian gingerbread is a true delight.