Lenten Baking: paczki, hot cross buns, king cakes, Vastlakuklid, pretzels??
Perhaps the Lenten baking enthusiasts among us can help me?
I am writing an article about Lenten baking traditions and I am hoping bakers on Fresh Loaf who bake anything in particular for the season might share your story, what is popular in your local, perhaps your family tradition, a pic or/and a recipe? Breads, cookies, pastries, etc., are what I have in mind.
Here in Cincinnati the bakeries advertise their 'paczkis', but I don't really know exactly what they are...they seem very popular though.
And at our house we bake hot cross buns on Shrove Tuesday and during Holy Week; and my husband likes his Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, although we don't always get the timing right--sometimes we serve those on Lenten weekends.. I've been baking Hamelman's Hot Cross Bun recipe in recent years, but I can't resist tweaking it to suit my tastes of the day.
Any other suggestions from your experiences?
Thanks so much. J.