A few weeks ago, I asked you to tell me what the following Swiss speciality was (see link).
Nobody had really found out what it was, although certain bloggers were quite close to coming up with the right answer. Vanessa of "Confiture Maison" spoke about "Zopf/Zupf Bread", Paula of "The Cookbook Junkie" thought that it looked like a "Poppyseed Roll". For a very obvious reason, Burekaboy of "Is That My Buréka?" knew what it was, but didn't want to spoil the game and decided to keep his mouth shut!!!
So what was this mysterious food item?!?....
It was a "BÜNDNER BIRNBROT"!!!
It is a peasants' pear and nut bread from Grisons which is in many ways similar to the Alsatian "Beerawecka". It is made with dried pears, dates and figs, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, sultanas, raisins, candied orange and lemon, "Birnbrot" spices and "Zopf Bread" dough, Kirsch, and many more ingredients...
This special Christmas (it is also eaten throughout the whole year) bread is delicious when cut in slices and eaten with butter. "Birnbrot" is very nourishing and healthy. Due to it's sturdy nature, it can be kept for quite a long time.
Here are some recipes if you want to try that bread at home (click on text link):