<Food and Drink of Switzerland

Breads and Cakes of Switzerland

Small double bread rolls called ‘Bürli’ are found in bakeries all over Switzerland, made from a sough dough starter they are the most popular form of bread rolls sold. Zopfbrot is a specialty sweet bread in the form of a plait, this is often eaten on Sundays along with wonderful aromatic cups of coffee.There are many different types of Nusstorte (nut cake) the most famous one is probably from the Engadina in the Kanton of Graubunden, which uses walnuts, other regions use hazelnuts or chestnuts in various forms of nut cakes. Rüebli Kuchen (Carrot cake) is a great favourite and a good way to feed children carrots! These cakes are often decorated with marzipan carrots.Rich chocolate cake, Schokolade Kuchen, is another favourite, smothered with dark chocolate and decorated with white chocolate mmmm! There is also a great variety of small cookies and biscuits many of which are especially for Christmas time and others just to enjoy at any time of the year. Basler Leckerli (Basel cookies)-special,sweet, honey cookies, Magenbrot-small pieces of sweet bread, Zimtsterne- cinnamon Christmas star shaped cookies, Schwabenbrötli-traditional Christmas cookies, containing almonds and cinnamon, Mailänderli-Milano cookies, light mouthwatering butter little biscuits, and Chräbeli-anise flavoured biscuits, again made at Christmas time and Brunsli-Swiss brownies another Christmas treat, obviously Switzerland is a great place to be at Christmas time! Other delicious goodies include Apfelküchlein – small, deep fried apple rings and Fasnachtsküchlein- carnival cookies served during the carnival season, usually in February. All these cakes and cookies are ideal partners with the delicious cups of coffee you are served throughout Switzerland.

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