Pretzel is a quite popular brioche you can easily recognize due to its original design. Here is a brief explanation presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises about this special kind of bread, which has been around for centuries.
Even though some culinary historians claim Carolingian monks have had pretzels since the VIII° century, the most widely known history of the pretzel is still the crazy and touching way it was invented in 1477.
As a matter of fact, legend has it that some baker completely failed in the preparation of the king’s bread and was consequently, sentenced to death. Fortunately, he was summoned by the King after the baker’s wife pleaded to the king and promised him to invent in three days a bread in which the sun would shine three times.
The posture of the baker’s wife while doing the plea gave him an idea about the future design of his bread. He would then make the bread in a way that it would represent a person praying with crossed arms. It is also believed that it was the baker’s cat that had spilled the baking soda on the paste before it was put inside the oven and that gave the bread this special taste which was immensely appreciated by the king.
The name of the bread varies depending on the region. Pretzeln, Brezetta, Brätschellen, Precedella, Brezitella, Brezel are all valid names.
Pretzel has been part of pop culture since its creation. Here are some uses and characteristics of this special bread presented by Delices and Gourmandises. Pretzels are originally salted but it is now common to use garlic, cheese, sesame seeds, and cumin to enhance the taste. They are mostly served with soups and meals with thick sauce. In some Eastern European countries, people use cocoa and almonds in it to add a special flavor.2016-06-23
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