Swiss Bread: Berner Brot

Berner bread - another beautiful angle
Berner bread – another beautiful angle

The next featured bread from the Swiss Bread’s is the Berner Brot. Bern is a lovely Mid-Evil city which sits right next to the 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. In addition, 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). Bern was added to the Unesco World Heritage Site in 1983. Noted for the special “Laube” or “arcade” cobble stone alley/streets. Which is 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 grown from the region. The shape of the bread is round and cut down the shorter center part before the bake. Additionally, 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 ‘ruch’ flour (wheat), 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, and 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. The lesson here is: When in Bern, buy and eat the bread.
Our loaf purchased from Amme Beck, Bernerstr. 8, Alchenfluh

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