Make a Gingerbread House

For MT
The smell of gingerbread reminds children and adults throughout the world of the Christmas and New Year holiday period -- and in Russia, things are no different.

Gingerbread first became popular in Germany in the 13th century when explorers and traders introduced ginger from China and India. Different forms of the recipe soon sprang up around Europe and Russia, and the baking of gingerbread houses, popularized by the German folktale "Hansel and Gretel," became a Christmas tradition.

This tradition is being celebrated in the Tyap-Lyap school for young bakers at the Ogo-Gorod Children's Center, with a special program offering children the opportunity to build gingerbread houses.

Throughout December, children can learn how to make a house and holiday figures with their own hands. They learn to roll the dough, to cut out the shapes for the house and the figures and to bake them. Then they find out how to put all the parts of the house together and decorate the figures.

The lessons take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays and are open to children from the age of 3. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children – after all, gingerbread house-building and decorating isn't an easy job!

Wednesdays 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-11 a.m., in the Dom Oranzhevoi Korovi cafe, first floor of the Ogo-Gorod Detsky Tsentr, 18 Pavlovskaya Ul. (entrance from Ul Danilovsky Val), M. Tulskaya. Cost 500 rubles. For more information and advance booking call 789-8232.