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Poland's Torun gingerbread: the ancient luxury with a secret recipe

Historic city's baking tradition harks back to the Middle Ages

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A worker preparing traditional gingerbread cakes in the Kopernik Confectionery Factory in Torun, Poland.

Torun, Poland

TWO master bakers dressed in white use a long knife to carve a heavy, thick slab of molasses-coloured gingerbread dough out of a huge metal vat, where, like wine, it has been maturing for a few months, deep in the cellar of one of the world's oldest bakeries.

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