The history of the Confectionery Factory "Kopernik" is a history of people who created it It all started 250 years ago. Toruń gingerbreads (Thorner Lebkuchen, Thorner Honigkuchen) - traditional Toruń pastry, made by bakers for about 700 years.
The dough is made by hand from flour, water, milk, honey and spices in appropriate proportions. Then they are baked in the oven at a strictly defined temperature. Over the centuries, bakers from other cities tried to counterfeit Torun gingerbread, but they did not succeed.
The legend :
A long time ago, there were many respectable bakers making gingerbread in Torun, but one of them was the most popular. He was making the sweetest mouth melting gingerbread, giving it as many shapes as his imagination would allow him; such as rounds, hearts, stars, flowers. His most elaborate were in the shape of a carriage drawn by a horse, house, princess and other folks.
He had only one daughter named Katharina. She was a quiet girl, who liked spending her time creating new meals. As she made dinners upstairs at their place, her father baked gingerbread downstairs at the bakery. The savory aroma from the meal would travel downstairs and the sweet aroma from the gingerbread would travel upstairs, attracting each other.
It would even travel outside through the opened windows and doors, attracting neighbors and friends. Many of them were regular visitors as Katharina was very welcoming and always glad to hear flattery about her food.
The ideas for new meals were coming faster than she could make them. And she was making something new almost every day. Even if it was just a different spice to a meal she already tried. She was always striving for a better taste. So it was always good to have somebody else to help them eat with so much food around.
Katharina never really baked with her father, as none of them liked the other meddling into their creative cooking or baking. But she was very observant, and from time to time would help to clean some forms or sweep the floors, if the day was very busy at the bakery. So she knew a thing or two about baking.
One day the baker got very sick and said to his daughter “Katharina, you’ve seen me making the gingerbread, why don’t you make it on your own today. If you need any directions, I’ll be upstairs resting.”
She started the fire in the oven, got all the ingredients and proceeded with making the gingerbread. She prepared the dough, added some honey and was ready to place the dough into the forms, when she suddenly realized she forgot to pull them from the shelf.
She swiftly went to get them, but they were not there, “I can’t find them. Daddy must be feeling really sick if he misplaced them. This never happens.” She didn’t want to worry him. So she came up with an idea of taking a glass and pressing medallions out of dough. She put six of them next to each other and baked them.
In the oven, the bread was beautifully growing and turning into shiny brown color smelling deliciously. Katharina was very proud of herself. But as the bread was growing, the six medallions got connected creating one loaf of gingerbread.
She briskly opened the oven door and as she was pulling the bread from the hot oven, she saw the connected medallions and her cheerful smile turned into a worry. She gasped “I don’t know if anybody will want to buy gingerbread in such shape.”
She worried unnecessarily, because all gingerbread was sold out the same day. People loved the good hearted girl so much that they named the gingerbread in the shape of six medallions with her name Katharina.