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Epiphany – Three Kings’ Cake (bread) / Dreikönigskuchen

January 6th. Epiphany. If you don’t know what day that is, well then, that makes two of us. Okay, I have an idea what day it is and what it celebrates but don’t push me for details.

It was only in Switzerland did I learn about Three Kings’ Cake though. Interestingly, a quick search on Google shows very, very, VERY different images of the cake. It seems that pretty much every country and culture has its own version of the cake. One thing they do have in common is that a trinket, figurine or bean is hidden in the cake and whoever finds it, gets to be king for the day. So you can see why I kids love this tradition.

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Ho Ho Ho – Grittibänz

I actually had no plans to make these little men of bread this year but my daughter came home with two yesterday and I got suckered into it. It’s Saint Nicholas day (at least it still is right now as I’m typing) and there is a tradition in this part of Switzerland that involves pretend cannibalism. We make bread shaped like little men and then eat them. I remember how I refused to eat them when I first arrived 11 years ago. Hahaha! How I laugh now. I can’t explain it but back then I just thought it seemed so wrong.

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