Tula gingerbread

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Tula gingerbread
Пряник Тульский.jpg
A Tula gingerbread with the Coat of Arms of Russia
Type Gingerbread
Place of origin Russia
Region or state Tula
Main ingredients jam or condensed milk
Cookbook: Tula gingerbread  Media: Tula gingerbread

Tula gingerbread is a famous type of imprinted Russian gingerbread from the city of Tula. Usually, Tula gingerbread looks like a rectangular tile or a flat figure. Making stamped gingerbread is considered an art form. The imprints could include different patterns, symbols, images of the Tula Kremlin, names, congratulations. [1]

The cooking of the Tula gingerbread starts with preparation of the dough. The dough is made from rye flour, honey, eggs, water and spices. Next the dough is cut into pieces and rolled out. Each piece is placed on a special board with a carved pattern to give the dough its intended form. The first layer of the dough is covered with a second one with a filling in between. To make the two layers stay in place the edges are pressed together. Then the cake is turned over so that the stamped image is on top and the surface is glazed with sugar syrup. The syrup covers the picture to make it more visible after baking. Historically, each carved board is used to create just one design for gingerbread. A new board is made specifically for each design. In the past, gingerbread boards were made by craftsmen, and nowadays, new designs are created mostly by professional artists. [2]

Modern Tula gingerbreads typically contain jam or condensed milk, while traditionally they were made with honey.

Gingerbreads have been made in Tula since the 17th century. The first mention of Tula gingerbread is in the Tula сensus book of 1685.[3] Today, Tula gingerbreads are made at the confectionery factories of Staraya Tula (Russian for "Old Tula") and Yasnaya Polyana and by several smaller companies.

A Tula gingerbread imprinted with the caption Tulsky (the adjective form of Tula) and the city's coat of arms

In 1996 Tula opened a museum dedicated to its gingerbreads.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://tulainfo71.ru/rest_in_tula/4095/?lang=eng
  2. ^ https://russianfoods.com/russian-gingerbread/
  3. ^ Тульский пряник (in Russian). russia.worlds.ru. 
  4. ^ ОАО КФ "Тульский пряник" (in Russian). oldtula.ru.