Gingerbread has been known since ancient times, but its contemporary recipe appeared in China under the name Mi-Kong in the 10th century. A great traveler, it formed part of the dietary rations of Genghis Khan’s hardy horsemen and was passed on to the Arabs. It was during their stay in the Holy Land that the Crusaders appropriated it and brought it back in their luggage. It is said that this cake, called “Boichet” in the Middle Ages, was introduced to Burgundy by Duchess Marguerite de Flandres on her marriage to Philippe le Hardi…or perhaps it was brought back from Courtrai by her grandson, Duke Philippe Le Bon.
GINGERBREADBread for health!