Throughout the years, I've tried this dish several times in different restaurants. It has always been delicious and I've always wanted to prepare it at home. Serving soup in a bread pots is a perfect way to indulge yourself after winter outdoor activities. And the best part - once you're finished with the meal, there are no dishes to wash;)
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Traditionally, the Bulgarian Christmas Eve table weighs down under the abundance of food the earth has presented us with – fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans, honey and wine. The center of the festive dinner is the ritual bread, decorated with pastry fruits, flowers and ears of wheat – symbol of fertility. Inside the bread is hidden a fortune coin – symbol of prosperity.
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A few weeks ago I attended a Stollen baking workshop organized by Der Beck - a local bakery. We tried different combinations of dried fruits, nuts and marzipan and all of them were delicious. Ever since, I've been planing to bake one of my own and today, I finally found the time.
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The month before Christmas is magical, despite the shopping madness, painfully familiar carols, the cold and the chaos. The month before Christmas is magical because it is a time of hope and anticipation.
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Lebkuchen or Gingerbread can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, who prepared gingerbread for rituals and celebrations. The recipe was brought to the courts of the wealthy Europeans in the 11th century by the Crusaders, who brought spices from the Middle East.
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