Right in the old Praga District of Warsaw lies a artisan gingerbread shop

Gingerbread has been known for centuries and although you can enjoy it all year round, as you know, it tastes best at Christmas. We can safely say that it is the Polish symbol of Christmas. We stopped by at the workshop of Darek Menkus & Family. 🇵🇱👩‍🍳👨‍🍳

The magical land of gingerbread

The name gingerbread comes from the old Polish word “pierny”, meaning pepper. It is from this baking that Darek Menkus builds real works of art. A house finished to perfection with frosting and edible flowers or with chocolate decorations – these are just examples, because the list of fairy-tale pastries is really long. 👨‍🍳

Gingerbread houses

How long should we wait after preparing the doug? “My dough stays for a few weeks after making it. I use 9 spices, incl. cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, ginger or cloves” – revealed Darek Menkus.

In December, they prepare typical Christmas theme elements in the studio. Gingerbreads in the shape of Christmas trees, hearts or stars. They even have a special house-shaped mold to follow the tradition. These gingerbread cookies either decorate a gingerbread house or are sold on their own. Interestingly, a few weeks after Christmas, you can also eat them. 🇵🇱👩‍🍳👨‍🍳

Helpers of Dariusz Menkus

Dariusz Menkus can count on helpers in his studio. The first of them is his son – Piotr, who has been working with his father for 6 years. Incidentally, his son was a contestant in the Polish edition of MasterChef.  The other helpers also include his wife, Joanna and daughter, Weronika. “We always have our own gingerbread cookies at home. In addition, we have decorations that Darek makes, a Christmas tree, gifts. We spend Christmas with family. They are beautiful to us”,- Joanna Menkus replied. 🇵🇱🧑‍

 

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