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Seeking real gingerbread

jwexler99 Nov 28, 2010 12:31 PM

Attention all gingerbread lovers...

I am looking for German-style gingerbread, ie. not American-style gingerbread cake, but the real thing. Does anyone know where I can find it in the Boston area?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. brandywiner RE: jwexler99 Nov 28, 2010 07:42 PM

    I'm not sure if theirs is the gingerbread you're looking for -- I go there for the muffins -- but the Gingerbread Construction Co. springs to mind. They started off with, and still make, gingerbread houses, which I think require the harder, German style.

    They're in Winchester and Wakefield.

    Gingerbread Construction Co
    562 Washington St, Winchester, MA

    1. GretchenS RE: jwexler99 Nov 29, 2010 12:31 PM

      I would think Karl's Sausage Kitchen in Saugus would be a likely bet, they have all kinds of German-style (and in some cases, actual German) baked goods and they bring in a whole bunch of other stuff from Germany for the holidays, but call ahead to be sure. Or just go for the drive and come home with all kinds of goodies...

      Karl's Sausage Kitchen
      142 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

      1. mangorita RE: jwexler99 Nov 30, 2010 05:36 AM

        What about Ginger Betty's Bakery in Quincy? I haven't been yet but was aiming to stop in sometime in the coming month.

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          pesto RE: mangorita Nov 30, 2010 05:50 PM

          Ginger Bettys is the best. Don't know if it fits the bill of the original poster, but worth a visit. The Snaps are to die for!

          Ginger Betty's
          215 Samoset Ave, Quincy, MA 02169

          1. re: pesto
            hiddenboston RE: pesto Dec 1, 2010 05:11 AM

            Yeah, I think Ginger Betty's may be a little better than the Gingerbread Construction Company in Winchester.

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          mwk RE: jwexler99 Nov 30, 2010 01:39 PM

          I'm not sure if it's what you are looking for, but I was at the Downtown Crossing Holiday Market yesterday. They have a booth from the Swissbakers there. They were selling gingerbread men, which the lady said was "European-style" Gingerbread. It was almost like a dinner roll consistency, with a very slight sweetness to it, and a mild gingerbread/molasses flavor. It reminded me more of Portuguese sweet bread than the usual gingerbread cake or hard cookies you find here.

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            nsenada RE: mwk Nov 30, 2010 01:50 PM

            I'm so glad that's back this year - the chocolate Berliners were amazing. Veering further off-topic, but did you happen to notice if Stillman's was there?

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