I actually discovered them by accident at the farmers’ market in Náplavka. These gingerbread cookies weren’t kitschy, and weren’t heart-shaped like all the other gingerbread cookies out there. Some were joined by jam, others coated with sugar, others still had an almond in the centre, and looked like they had just been plucked off of the Gingerbread House. The taste was mild and soft. That was due to the lard, whose flavour, however, wasn’t overriding. And my favourite? A gingerbread strudel with a plum preserve filling. Finally, a hearty portion of Czech tradition!

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