Swiss Bread People: Not Just for Christmas Anymore!

Heidi, the youngest character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, is perhaps also the wisest. She knows just how to beat the winter blahs–by baking a batch of grittibanz, the traditional “bread” people of Switzerland. Similar to gingerbread cookies, these little bread people will bring a smile to anyone’s face: take that, pancakes!!! Though it is traditional to serve them on December 6, Saint Nicholas Day, Heidi sees no reason they shouldn’t be enjoyed all year long. These would also be good to serve for the first day of school or a birthday. Here’s what she does: In a cup, mix 1 … Continue reading Swiss Bread People: Not Just for Christmas Anymore!

Victorian Lamb Cake

A classic spring dessert. Enjoy! Cakes in the shape of a lamb are an adorable Easter tradition in many parts of Europe, including Italy and Poland. Jane, the lead character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, always bakes one for Easter. (TIP: for Halloween, bake a red velvet version of this cake–blood of the lamb–and take its head off before you serve.) Where to get a lamb mold: This company sells both large and mini versions. LAMB CAKE RECIPE: 2 cups all purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/8 cups sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 2 … Continue reading Victorian Lamb Cake