Category Archives: Breads

Easter Breads And Braids

Fruit Braid & Easter Ring  This is possibly one of my favorite sweet-dough recipes. There are others but having used this on a number of occasions and always getting a good result I shall include it here. These recipes come … Continue reading

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The National Loaf

The National Loaf was instituted by the government from 1942 onwards as part of the home front effort during World War II. At the outbreak of war in September 1939, Britain, with a population of around 50 million, was importing … Continue reading

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A Taste Of Empire – Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian peninsula and shares its northern border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is a densely populated … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – The Netherlands

The cuisine of the Netherlands or Holland has been shaped from the twin practices of fishing and farming. Traditionally, Dutch cuisine is simple and straightforward, with many vegetables and little meat. Breakfast and lunch are typically bread with toppings while … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – Russia

Krendel or Krendl is the traditional Christmas bread of Russia. Christmas was not able to be publicly celebrated during much of the 20th century. Indeed, many Russians identify themselves as atheists, making the religious observance less fashionable. But be that … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – Czech & Slovak

Vánočka or Vianočka is a braided Christmas bread, baked in the Czech Republic (Vánočka) and Slovakia (Vianočka) Vánoce in Czech and Vianoce in Slovak both mean Christmas! Being rich in eggs and butter, makes them similar in many ways to … Continue reading

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Michaelmas Goose

Today, 29th September is Michaelmas Day, the feast day of St Michael which has become a combined feast for the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. The traditions of the Christian feast of St. Michael and All Angels are heavily blended … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – France

The ‘fancy’ fruit bread has been a staple throughout the decades as a celebratory snack or simply a nicely presented tea-time treat for that ‘important’ guest! It has less fruit content than the French Fruit Braid shown here, where it … Continue reading

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Cookery Post Bag

Once again we have a Lillian Mattingly article, this time for a recipe request service. Back in the dim and distant thirties there was no internet to log onto for a recipe or advice and although it was always possible … Continue reading

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Kugelhopf

With April fast approaching it is once again time to look into the Easter baking files. The kugelhopf, gugelhupf or gugelhopf is a southern German, Austrian, Swiss and Alsatian term for a marble or Bundt cake. It is firmly set … Continue reading

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