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A Gallery of Breads - Festive Bread

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Preparing bread for a 17th-century festivity

Festive Bread

The custom of baking special breads to serve at festive celebrations and on religious holidays is an ancient one. In contrast to the plain, hearty loaves that define the traditional “daily bread,” festive breads are usually made with the most expensive and highly prized ingredients – golden butter and eggs, aromatic spices and flavorings, and sweet dried and candied fruits. These ceremonial breads are formed into traditional shapes that have special symbolic meanings. Some are now commonly served throughout the year and not just for an occasion.


Panettone

This rich, golden loaf from Milan is studded with golden raisins and delicately perfumed with citrus peel. Its dome-shaped top is said to resemble the cupolas of the churches of its native Lombardy. Panettone is traditionally enjoyed at Christmas. Recipe Panettone

This rich, golden loaf from Milan is studded with golden raisins and delicately perfumed with citrus peel. Its dome-shaped top is said to resemble the cupolas of the churches of its native Lombardy. Panettone is traditionally enjoyed at Christmas. Recipe Panettone


Pan de Muerto

Flavored with orange and anise, this sweet bread is baked on the Mexican Day of the Dead, when families honor their dead by visiting the graves with offerings of flowers and food. Recipe Pan de Muerto

Flavored with orange and anise, this sweet bread is baked on the Mexican Day of the Dead, when families honor their dead by visiting the graves with offerings of flowers and food. Recipe Pan de Muerto


Challah

The golden braided loaf traditional for the Jewish Sabbath is the most familiar shape. It is shown here coiled into a circle to symbolize continuity and baked to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Recipe Challah

The golden braided loaf traditional for the Jewish Sabbath is the most familiar shape. It is shown here coiled into a circle to symbolize continuity and baked to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Recipe Challah


Bolo-rei

Rich breads and cakes are traditional in southern Europe to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, on January 6. This lavishly decorated Kings’ Cake from Portugal is shaped to symbolize the crowns of the Three Kings, who arrived in Bethlehem on this day. Recipe Bolo-rei

Rich breads and cakes are traditional in southern Europe to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, on January 6. This lavishly decorated Kings’ Cake from Portugal is shaped to symbolize the crowns of the Three Kings, who arrived in Bethlehem on this day. Recipe Bolo-rei

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