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Pastry molds similar to the 17th-century mold studied were used in central Europe for religious celebrations, education and sometimes just for decoration.
- Oldest known molds date back 4,500 years.
- Carved by goldsmiths in 1600s and later in the 1700s by Gingerbread Master baker apprentices
- Most artists are unknown because some bakers only created the one mold required to become a Master Baker and molds were unsigned.
- Most doughs must be dried 24 hours prior to baking in order to maintain their designs. The cookies taste better as they age.
- Several museums have pastry mold collections.
Course Number and Title
UDI 204 (This is UD: Archival and Primary Source Research)
Neilson, Shari, "17th-Century Pastry Mold: Linking the Past and the Future" (2020). University Libraries Student Projects. 2.