Swiss Bread: Berner Brot

Berner Bread – front view

Berner Brot

The next featured bread from the Swiss Bread’s is the Berner Brot, also called round loaf or “Rundbrot”, which is a classic. Bern is a lovely Mid-Evil city which sits right next to the river Aare.

A Brief History

In addition the city of Bern is also the countries capital, and is also home to the parliament building. Perched on the River Aare, it has a beautiful view of the Bernese Alps.  If that isn’t enough, Bern was home to Albert Einstein in the early 20th century. Further more, it’s home to the Albert Einstein Museum. Let’s not forget, Bern is home to Switzerland’s most influential artist, Paul Klee (1879-1940). Back in 1983, the city Bern was added to the Unesco World Heritage Site. Noted for the special “Laube” or “arcade” cobble stone alley-streets. To sum up, just a wonderful open shopping area oozing with charm, culture, and world heritage!

Wheat flour bread

The Berner bread ends up being a special bit of history rolled up into flour, water and yeast. The bread is made with “ruch” or wheat flour mix grown from the region. The shape of the bread is round and cut down the shorter center part before the bake. In addition, there are a few other round breads from other canton’s, but this one is special in it’s perfect form. Even though it’s made with a wheat flour mix, it’s appearance is that of an artesian white, or farmer’s bread. In the sense that it’s light in color on the inside, so soft, airy and delicate. 

Upon the end of the bake, the bread is stroked with a brush of water to give it the crunchy, yet shiny finish. It’s the perfect bread for the crazy’s who like to toast their bread (me). Which means, no need to toast! From such an ancient city, it’s my feeling that the Berniese take pride in their bread. Bakers line the busy streets and the alley ways throughout the city. It’s a delicious loaf of wholesome goodness. Included in the purchase from the local beck is the lovely wrap to take home, the typical baker’s fashion. What is the lesson here? When you visit the capital Bern, buy the local bread to enjoy it.
Our loaf: purchased from Ämme-Beck, Bernerstrasse 8, 3422 Rüdtligen-Alchenflüh / Bern, Switzerland

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