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Gingerbread House Competition

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Did you know? Source: The Guardian 2018


The tradition of decorated gingerbread houses began in Germany in the early 1800s, supposedly popularised after the not-so-Christmassy fairytale of Hansel and Gretel was published in 1812. The Grimms’ original fairy tale includes the line: “When they came nearer they saw that the house was built of bread, and roofed with cakes, and the window was of transparent sugar.” (In later versions it became gingerbread, rather than just bread.) Inspired by the story, German bakers began to craft small decorated houses from lebkuchen, spiced honey biscuits.

The origins of gingerbread are not precise. Ginger root was first cultivated in China around 5,000 years ago, and was thought to have medicinal and magical properties. When its usefulness as a preservative was discovered is unclear, but some food historians say that the first known recipe for gingerbread dates from around 2400 BC in Greece. Others trace its history to 992 AD, when Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis is thought to have taught Christian bakers in France how to make it. Later references include a gingerbread guild in Germany, probably formed in the 15th century to protect the rights of certain bakers. At around the same time, nuns in Sweden were baking gingerbread to ease indigestion.



The modern tradition of making gingerbread houses has become a family event at Christmas markets around the world.


The task: 

You need to collect a recipe from the MFL base (from 1st December) in the language that you are studying. If you aren’t studying a language, you have a choice of language! You then need to bake, construct, and decorate your house!


Be as imaginative as you like. The sky’s the limit!


Prizes will be awarded under three categories:

  • Taste sensation
  • Showstopper
  • Wild card


Entries need to be in the MFL base by midday on Friday 10th December and prizes will be awarded on the following Monday. Houses need to be boxed and clearly labelled with your name, year group and tutor’s name. You can work as a group on it, if you wish, and please include names of everybody who took part. It would be great if you could take photos of you making the house as well. We will put this all online to show off our starbakers!

For any queries, please email: EBennett@richardlander.cornwall.sch.uk









Richard Lander School