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Nov 28, 2010 12:31 PM

Seeking real gingerbread

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. 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. 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. 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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        1. re: mangorita

          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

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

        2. 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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          1. re: mwk

            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?