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Discover the taste of the past
known all over Central, North, and East Europe.
of the first and the most popular
that people could buy at the town squares during
the Medieval Times,
culture highly honored the honey. Greek historian Priscup is writing about our
ancestors in 448, that the honey was an important part of our cuisine. (where is
the honey, there is the honeybread too)
the middle ages, the honeybread was still baked in monasteries and sacrificed to
gods, but also baked by
craftsman honeybread bakeries
which paid the taxes already in 14th century.
What it is?
Slovakian MEDOVNIK, translated as HONEYCAKE or HONEYBREAD, is more than a cookie/cake. It is a form of art, a tasteful decoration. It is the oldest and most popular cake in Central, North and East Europe .
It is very well known by Slovakian, Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Russian people, but also German, Austrian, Holland, Finish, Northway and Denmark people. It seemed to be discovered by old Slavic or Germanic tribes...who knows. Good things travel fast...
Most of the nations don't decorate them, or decorate them simply, with nuts, seeds or simple icing decoration.
Just a couple nations took a whole advantage of it and created something amazing:
and Czech people people must have fall in love with honeybread a hundreds
of years ago...only the love could lead them evolve such a beautiful folk art-
very precisely decorated honeybread.
Honey-cakes were one of the first sweets that people could buy at the market
stands in town squares. Now-a-days,
the tradition continues and people are buying Honey-cakes as presents for their
loved ones, symbolizing love, friendship and appreciation. In
feature of medovnik/honey-cake is that its special preparation can make it last
for months, or even years unchanged, allowing people to use it as an ornamental
decoration in their homes.
How can Honeybread be used?
have several choices:
can either eat them, or save them as a decoration. If you prefer a softer
cookie, eat them sooner. If you prefer a crunchier texture, or like to dunk your
cookies in coffee, you can enjoy them as a decoration for awhile before eating
them. We do not use artificial
preservatives, so over time these beautiful and tasteful cakes harden. The
sooner you eat them, the softer they are. The
honey acts as a natural preservative so you can continue to consume the honey
cakes for up to four months. To preserve them, keep them wrapped in a dry place.
When you decide to eat them, if you like them softer, just place them in a
plastic bag or a jar with a slice of apple over night. Consume them the next day
since the moisture affects their lifespan.
the more complicated decorative structures like honey-cake houses, wooden sticks
have been used for stabilization. Some models with mini lights in the interior
will also have a battery. Before consumption of these honey-cakes, dismantle and
separate honey-cake from other inedible parts.
history of honey-cakes goes back as far as the history of honey. The honeybees
lived on our planet 15 million years ago, long before humans did. We know for a
fact that honey and milk were the main food consumed by prehistoric people. In
1919, a spider web cave was found in
itself has a long history. Prehistoric people came up with the idea of mixing
flour and honey together to bake a sweet cake. Prehistoric people considered the
honey to be a food of the gods, so at ceremonies requiring sacrifice, honey
cakes were also offered.
Greeks gave out honey cakes in many shapes and forms at their ceremonies.
one Egyptian grave, pieces of honey cake were found among the other artifacts.
as an old European nation, highly honored honey. In the middle ages, people were
baking honey cakes in monasteries for use as a ceremonial food, but also by
craftsman honey cake bakers. They
called them DULCIARIUS.
that time they were using rye flour and cooked honey. The dough had a unique
feature in that its quality improved over time.
Daughters of the honey makers were given big barrels of dough as their
wedding gift. They were able to keep
the dough for as long as 30 years. The recipes were family secrets that were
passed on only to their children.
honey-cake trade in the late 1900 started to slow down due to the sugar trade.
At the same time the new innovation of tin baking forms was introduced.
Until then, honey-cakes had been baked in carved wooden forms, but with
the arrival of tin baking pans, interest in the old wooden forms also slowed
down. Honey cake started to be baked in these new tin forms.
Also, to compete with colorful cakes made from sugar, honey cake changed
its original form, and began to be iced with colorful icing sugar. Sometimes
pictures and tiny mirrors, attached with decorative icing frames, were also
added to the tops of the honey-cakes.
new era of honey-cake making in
fat-free, preservative-free, traditional recipe.
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