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Monday
May052014

Bake bread and celebrate.

Last Saturday, the villagers gathered around one of the old bakehouses to bake bread and celebrate... nothing in particular. Everybody brought something - bread, cake, herbed butter, lard, sausages... it was quite the feast. There was homemade herbed butter in that beautiful blue pot but it was gone by the time I took the picture, obviously.

There are a few still intact old bakehouses in the village - sadly, the one that belonged to our house is gone. But this is "the one" since it is the biggest and in good shape. It´s also the only listed building in the village. I forgot to take a picture of the bakehouse from the outside - it is a small brick hut, not very impressive by itself. If you´re interested you can catch a glimpse of it in this old post. Anyway here´s the inside. It is really quite an interesting system and you can bake a *lot* of bread in that massive oven. 

Setting things up. Even ketchup bottles look good under an old apple tree.

I prepared these sourdough rye rolls at home and then we baked them in the brick oven. These are "Vinschgauer" -  a South Tyrolean specialty but quite common in Southern Germany where I am from. They were delicous and quite the hit with our neighbors! Proud.

A beautiful cake (part cheese, part cherry) made by one of our neighbors. Sadly this one went flying later when we tried to pull it ouf of the oven. But it did look really good. Let´s see it as a sacrifice to the summer gods or something. 

Tarte flambée made by another neighbor. Yum!  

Stockbrot. I didn´t find a translation for this. It´s a basic bread dough which you wrap around a stick and...

... then you do this. It´s fun for the kids mostly. Does this exist elsewhere? 

This has nothing to do with bread but I always wanted to take a picture of the old yellow Trabant that belongs to one of our neighbors. Since it sat on the curb the whole time it was now or never. This car is the cutest thing. Bread baking people and old yellow cars! Ah, we live in the best village.

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Reader Comments (8)

Beautiful photos of a beautiful (as it seems) get-together with the neighbours! Baking bread in an old wood-fired stone oven must be fantastic, let alone the taste! I sometimes fantasize of having such an oven in our widely spread neighbourhood, it wood be lovely to meet once or twice a month to make all sorts of breads and pastries together.

In English, Stockbrot is called twist bread or stick bread. Here in Sweden it is called pinnbröd, which is the same, literally translated. I don't see it so often here though, but last week I was at a meet-up for the German-Swedish families in the area, and the kids had Stockbrot. When I was a child, we even called it 'Knüppelkuchen'. I can't recall when I ate it the last time, must be ages, it looks way prettier than it tastes, I remember ;-)

May 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJuliane

Juliane - ah Stockbrot does exist elsewhere! I thought so. And yes indeed, it is more pretty than tasty :) I have been lobbying hard for regular bread baking meetings since I moved here. Sadly I think I am the only one baking my own bread so I haven´t had much luck so far...

May 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterKatrin

In South Africa we call it stokbrood. Here we make a fatter bread roll on the stick and when it is done we pull the stick out and fill the hole with sausage. YUM

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicky

Such beautiful photos! And the food is making my stomach roar. What a wonderful neighbourhood you have! :)

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnalog girl

Well all the food looks delicious but my mind is elsewhere: I am in love with that little yellow car! I myself have the sweetest little green Fiat 500 that I adore but I have to say, that Trabant is totally adorable!

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercatbirdfarm

We have Stockbrot here in Switzerland (at least here in the German-speaking part), too. In this area (Zürich Oberland) it's sometimes called Stockbrot, but most often called Schlangenbrot by the children.

I found your blog through AT and have read nearly the whole entire thing in two days. I love it. You live in a beautiful area, in a beautiful home and have a beautiful furry family. Thank you for the beautiful photos.

July 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbriciolina

Thank you briciolina! Greetings to Switzerland.

July 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Bread I have given up for health reasons, but this looks so wonderful, I would still have a slice if I were there. The darling Trabant is an old East German car that I remember. There were Scodas and Ladas (sp?) too and some were picked up and thrown in dumpsters around Nuremberg. I got the impression it would only take four people to pick them up and throw them in. How cool that some are still around.

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

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