Legends of Toruń

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The legends of Torun - How were Katarzynki first made? Sep 17, 2007
Toruń is famous for it's special kind of ginger bread (pierniki) called Katarzynki. They are named after Katarzya or Kasia (so Catharina or Kate). But why are they shaped in such a form and how did the name came up? Well... There are 3 versions of the legend, each is a different story really.

The first and most popular states that once upon a time there was a baker or a confectioner who was a master in his craft. He had a daughter called Katarzyna, who helped him with his work. One time the baker got very sick and Kasia needed to raise money for medicine. But she couldn't find the baking tray her father used so she cut little circles with a glass and baked them. However the cookies attached in a bunch of 6 and turned in a shape well known today. The girl was worried she won;t be able to sell any ginger breads but it turned out people loved it. Not only the unique form drew attention but also everybody praised the wonderful taste. Some say that it was not only flour, honey and spices but also the girl's love for her father that made the cookies so special.

The second story claims that katarzynki were first prepared and served by a nun Katarzyna as a thank you for the Teutonic Knights for protecting and watching over her and her sisters. Years later when Katarzyna's order was in financial troubles Katarzyna's recipe saved the situation.

The last version of the legend is a cute love story, even though a but farfeched :)

Once upon a time there was a poor baker who was in love with a wealthy man's daughter - Kasia (surprise, surprise!). One evening the boy saved a little drowning bee and it turned out that it was the queen of bees herself! As a thank you for saving he life the bee taught the boy a new recipe for delicious cakes.

The next day it turned out that the king of Poland is visiting Toruń and all the people ware suppose to prepare some special gifts for him. The boy decided to bake pierniki and, thinking of Kasia, shaped them in a form of 2 hearts joined with wedding rings. When the king saw those ginger breads and tried them he was so astonished and pleased, he ordered the baker to step forward. After hearing the love story the King ordered Kasia to marry the boy. The boy was rewarded with gold and could finally get together with his beloved girl.

Hope you enjoyed and remember to try katarzynki when you visit Toruń, they're delicious ;)
Yummy :)
Mniam mniam :)
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