Geraardsbergse krakelingen

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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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These buns are the pretzels from Geraardsbergen. They are shaped into rings and made with a basic bread dough (less yeast, no fat) that creates a denser ring. They are related to other European ring-shaped breads, which are often no longer linked to pretzels, as we have come to associate just one shape with them and that is the figure-eight knot.

I often visit the Broodhuis bakery in Geraardsbergen, where they decorate the shop window with the