What? National Gingerbread Day is in June?! When I think of gingerbread, I think of December. Perhaps it's because of all the gingerbread houses I see around Christmas, some of which are extremely gorgeous.
But after looking at the calendar and talking with a friend, I realized that gingerbread can be a year-round treat. Gingerbread doesn't necessarily refer to the thick, hard cookies that are used to make gingerbread houses. Gingerbread can be a soft, moist cake or it can be a denser cake. It can be paired with lemon or orange flavors or be combined with chocolate for a heavenly treat. Gingerbread can be in bars or as cupcakes. Want a really decadent treat? Try gingerbread cheesecake. Of course, if you prefer to drink your calories, you could always have a gingerbread cocktail.
The Swedish love their gingerbread cookies - apparently, you can't have a business meeting in Sweeden without their being some sort of gingerbread cookie. When it comes to Swedish cookies, I'm most familiar with the Anna's Ginger Thins cookies. The Anna's are vastly different than the gingerbread used during the holidays to make gingerbread houses. They're good cookies, with a nice crisp snap to them, and they go great with tea during the summer. (Yes, I don't care how hot it gets - I'm still drinking hot tea.)
If you're looking to make your own gingerbread today, All Recipes has a large collection of gingerbread recipes. And while you're noshing on your gingerbread, be sure to check out the history of gingerbread in Europe.