Cape Dutch Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses (lebkuchenhaeusle or pfefferkuchenhausen) are popular in Germany. They became a hit in the 19th century, following the publication of the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel fairytale and are still considered part of a traditional Christmas celebration. Also steeped in Norwegian Christmas tradition, every year in preparation for Christmas, locals in the city of Bergen build a pepperkakebyen or gingerbread city, using houses made by the resident children. Traditionally, gingerbread houses in Norway are intended to be homes for Christmas gnomes, and the houses are meant to be built and ready for the gnomes to move in by the 23rd December. They will have moved out again by the New Year though, which is when demolition takes place and Norwegian children get to enjoy the ‘ruins’. Martjie Malan, proprietor of Food By Preserve, made and iced this beautiful Cape Dutch gingerbread house. It’s a wonderful alternative to a traditional design, and Martjie will custom-make gingerbread houses for any occasion, creating the edible homes in a variety of styles, from R180. Food by Preserve also specialises in delicious cakes, tarts, beautiful iced biscuits, quiches and, of course, preserves. Text: Raphaella Frame-Tolmie