Rogge verdommeke

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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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Rogge verdommeke translates freely to ‘damned rye’, but the actual meaning of this bread is ‘bread of the damned’. In the early 16th century there was a businessman in Antwerp with the name Pieter Pot. He built a chapel and an abbey, and he also had a large personal grain store full of precious rye. Because he was so charitable, he had bread made for the poor as alms. Legend goes that during festivities he would order the plain rye bread to be enriched with raisins for the prisoners