12/24/17 – Gingerbread


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

On this eve of Christmas, it seems appropriate to ask about the sweet stuff, and ask about gingerbread. Enjoy! Tomorrow is Christmas!

1. According to legend, the monk Gregory of Nicopolis brought gingerbread to Europe, by teaching how to make it in Bondaroy, France. Gregory was from what modern-day country, whose national dishes include the thick porridge harissa, and the boiled cow head khash?

Question 1

2. The gingerbread men seen here are iced with what type of icing, a hard icing made of beaten egg whites, icing sugar, and sometimes lemon? Also used on wedding cakes, an untrue rumor about this icing’s name comes from pictures of Victoria and Albert’s wedding cake from the 1840s.

Question 2

3. Parkin, a gingerbread cake made with black treacle and oatmeal, is often eaten in the UK, and particularly Yorkshire, is often eaten on what month and day, in memorial of a 1605 event?

Question 3

4. Native to Franconia, what German gingerbread cookie, often eaten at Christmas, is flavored with honey, and is often formed into heart shapes and have messages for the rest of the year?

Question 4

5. The first gingerbread houses are believed to have been created in the early 1800s in Germany, who were probably inspired after the popularity of what specific piece of literature, which was published in 1812?

Question 5 (just a gingerbread house)

6. The Muzeum Piernika, or Museum of Gingerbread, is a museum dedicated to gingerbread found in the city of Toruń, known for its own gingerbread, which is in what country?

Question 6



1. Armenia
2. Royal icing
3. November 5th (for Guy Fawkes Day)
4. Lebkuchen
5. Hansel and Gretel
6. Poland

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