By Matt Gephardt
(KUTV) Gourmandise, The Bakery in downtown Salt Lake City is a place that can satisfy lots of cravings – be it a loaf of bread or a full lunch or, of course, dessert.
They make fresh all the bread and muffins and other goodies they sell. And if you order a dozen, expect a baker’s dozen. A baker’s dozen is 13.
Why does Master Baker Jain-Jacques Grossi give 13 rather than 12? He says, to be nice.
“I like to make people happy,” he said. “People like to have a little extra."
But the real answer to the tradition of giving a baker’s dozen dates back hundreds of year, according to todayifoundout.com
Many ancient societies had extremely strict laws concerning bake's. In fact, in England in the 13th century, a baker who cheated a patron might even have his hand chopped off.
So bakers, to make sure they didn't accidentally cheat someone, would give 13 rather than 12 when that patron ordered a dozen.
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