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Dark Rye and Honey Cake: Festival baking from the heart of the Low Countries

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2023

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The pistolet is the typical bread bun of Belgium. The bun is made of the whitest flour, baked at a high temperature so that the result is pale golden, with the texture outside very crisp and the inside soft. A good pistolet should have a pocket of soft dough in the middle, which could be taken out and kneaded, then eaten or, as we did in school, used as an eraser in charcoal drawings. The hole left in the pistolet could then be used to hold your filling if it’s a salad, but the tradi