BM# 75: A-Z Bake Around the World: Day 25
Bake of the Day: Z for Zwieback Bread
For the last and final day of this month’s mega marathon, I have a crispy and crunchy bread from Germany called Zwieback. It is known as rusk or toast in India. I never thought making rusk at home was this easy. Recipe is from my absolute favorite baking resource – King Arthur flour site. Zwieback toasts were originally marketed for teething babies because they are dry, slightly hard and crunchy. They are so light, crispy and crunchy that even moms and dads started loving them. They are also popular as Korpu in Finland. One version of these toasts from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are spread with cinnamon sugar and then baked — these are called Trenary toast.
I initially had Zopf or Züpfe bread from Europe (Swiss, Austrian version) for the letter Z. This is a braided enriched sweet bread that is traditionally eaten on Sunday mornings. But somehow this dry toast from Germany appealed to me more than the other one.I found 2 types of Zwieback bread recipes online. One are these crispy, crunchy toasts and there’s a Mennonite zwieback from Netherlands. This version is a yeast bread which has a small roll on top of a big roll (it looks like a bread version of snow man). The challenge is to make sure that the rolls don’t tumble over — and a perfect roll indicates the art of a master baker.
Zwieback literally means twice baked and is very similar to Italian biscotti. So fresh bread is baked and left to cool and dry out a little bit overnight. In the morning, it is sliced and baked again until very dry and crispy. I buy Brittania brand rusks when my in-laws are visiting. They usually have their morning tea with a toast and I think I would never have to get the store bought ones any more. The homemade ones taste so fresh and yummy dunked in some hot tea.Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 75.