German Gingerbread – an X-Mas Tradition
Lebkuchen were first baked by Frankonian monks, who created this delicacy as early as the 14th century. Nuremberg as the capital of Germany's Frankonia region, is nowadays famous for the world's best Lebkuchen because the city used to be one of the most important trading centers in Europe. Hence, exotic spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and foreign almonds were easily available. All ingredients still found in Lebkuchen today. The secret recipes for Nuremberg gingerbread have been handed down from generation to generation.