Few Polish delicacies are as synonymous with a city as Torun gingerbread. Pierniki toruńskie is sold everywhere in the old town in every imaginable form – pre-packaged, freshly baked, chocolate-coated, with a jam core, topped with icing, heart-shaped, six-lobed (‘Katarzynki‘), the list goes on.
Over the centuries, kings, visiting dignitaries and even a pontiff were served pierniki. It’s hard to imagine that such an esteemed craft nearly died in the 19th century. Thankfully, the Industrial Age and mass production brought it back into the public conscience and international popularity. [Read on]