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Address: Latrán 54, Český Krumlov, Czech republic

Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread

The Old Bohemian gingerbread is made in our bakery to the original recipe from the 16th century. It is hand pressed into wooden molds professionally carved from fine fruitwoods which had to be carefully chosen. The particular time and temperature of baking give the gingerbread its colour.

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Tradition and history of gingerbread

The age-old history of gingerbread has been linked with cultures and history of mankind.The first note of the gingerbread production in the Czech countries comes from 1335 when the products were sold. The recipe adds flour, high quality honey and a wide range of important spices. Every gingerbread master kept his own recipe secret and handed it to his successor. About 90 various rare herbs and spices are known to the original Middle Ages recipes. Originally, the term gingerbread (from Latin zingiber via Old French gingebras) referred to preserved ginger or the German term Pfefferkuchen (pepper cake).

Is pressed gingerbread edible?

Our gingerbread is made of high quality South Bohemian honey, flour, spices and it is edible. In the past gingerbread was used in different ways. People decorated their home interiors, sweetened porridge or served it as a dessert dunked into hot drinks. Nowadays hand pressed gingerbread is a work of art rich in symbols cut into various shapes reminding us the colourful history of mankind. It is lavishly decorated and can be used to make our home smell nice because of the predominant flavours of spices.

What do the gingerbread motives mean? Gingerbread motives and moulds

The original gingerbread molds are works of art reflecting the social and religious life of the time. Different motives of assorted ornaments, crafts, luxurious robes, saints, portraits of rulers or love scenes are used to produce rich images in shallow relief.

Swaddled baby

Dítě v peřince - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread This is one of the most common shapes spread all over Central Europe. Since the 19th century gingerbreads with the motif of swaddled baby have been used as wedding gifts or when a baby is born. They used to be popular Christmas and New Year´s decorations or children toys.

Chimney sweep

Kominík - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread It ranks among folk motives showing a man wearing a traditional uniform and top hat, carrying a ladder and chimney sweep´s brush. Chimney sweeps have long been considered a source of good luck, wealth and happiness because they help us prevent our houses against a fire.

Rooster

Kohout - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread Rooster´s most powerful symbol has been sexuality since the Classical Times. It is the right gift if you want to show your goodwill to someone.

Egg

Vejce - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread In many cultures the egg is a symbol of fertility, birth and ressurection. Eggs are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. The egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and those who believe will also experience eternal life.

Heart

Srdce - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread The most popular lavishly decorated motif. You can symbolically profess your love to the one you hold dear, can be used as an engagement or wedding gift.

Bear playing double bass

Medvěd s basou - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread It has been considered a heraldic symbol of power since ancient times. The motif showing the connection of power and art can be seen as an amusing picture of circus culture.

Prince / Princess

Kníže / kněžna - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread The first motives date back to the Baroque Period, showing ladies and cavaliers dressed in lavishly decorated costumes. Those gingerbreads were popular with countryfolk. It is quite possible that the countryfolk could identify themselves with the wealthy and privileged through the picture. The motives reminded children of fairy-tale heroes.

Hussar "Hungarian horseman"

Husar na koni - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread In the last period of gingerbread production Hussar became a symbol in the craft of gingerbread-baking. In the eye of countryfolk hussar was seen as a free man not having to work in the field and having the possibility to get to know the world while being in troops. Usually given to young boys as a reminder of a fair or as a Christmas gift. On the other hand girls were given gingerbread hearts or swaddled babies.

Stag

Jelen - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread Stag was one of trophy animals while hunting. It is sometimes pictured when wounded by an arrow and chased by dogs. Ever since stag has particularly been associated with long-livedness. On the basis of that , the stag motif can symbolize a wish being healthy and long-lived.

Judith "Jewish woman"

Judita - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread Motif of the biblical heroine Judith holding up the head of general Holofernes as a trophy. She overhears plans for surrender and decides to deliver the city of Bethulia and the Jews.

Saint Nicholas

Sv. Mikuláš - Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread Saint Nicholas is the most represented saint in gingerbread molds. He devoted his life to helping the poor and was known for his generosity. He has been the patron of children-in-a-pickle ever since.

Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread

Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread Original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread



The age-old history of gingerbread has been linked with cultures and history of mankind. The first note of the gingerbread production in the Czech countries comes from 1335 when the products were sold. The recipe adds flour, high quality honey and a wide range of important spices. Every gingerbread master kept his own recipe secret and handed it to his successor. About 90 various rare herbs and spices are known to the original Middle Ages recipes. Originally, the term gingerbread (from Latin zingiber via Old French gingebras) referred to preserved ginger or the German term Pfefferkuchen (pepper cake). The gingerbread dough was normally made in the fall and allowed to undergo an enzyme reaction over a period of a few months or even years. Original gingerbread molds are works of art reflecting the social and religious life of that time. Different motives of assorted ornaments, crafts, luxurious robes, saints, portraits of rulers or love scenes are used to produce rich images in shallow relief. Our Old Bohemian gingerbread is made to the original recipe from the 16th century. It is hand pressed into wooden molds professionally carved from fine fruitwoods which had to be carefully chosen. The particular time and temperature of baking give the gingerbread its colour. Nowadays we do not grate gingerbread in order to sweeten porridge or use it as a dessert dunked into hot drinks. Gingerbread is a work of art rich in symbols cut into various shapes reminding us the colourful history of mankind. It is lavishly decorated and can be used to make our home smell nice because of the predominant flavours of spices.

All our authentic great tasting products sold under the registered trade-mark Czech Krumlov Original are local traditional entirely handmade products. Only original recipes and high guality ingredients from Czech Krumlov surroundings are used.