Bread and Salt - What Lies Behind the Tradition of Entry?

Bread and Salt are traditional symbols often given as housewarming gifts. They represent prosperity and hospitality and are meant to bring luck to the new home. While bread symbolizes the essentials of life, salt represents the necessary seasoning in the new abode.

Here's a delicious recipe for homemade bread:

  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp lukewarm water
  • 350 g wheat flour
  • 100 g rye flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Some bread spices
  • 280 ml lukewarm water
  • Some coarse salt and wheat flour for dough processing
Brot und Salz - Die Tradition zum Einzug

Step 1

Mix the dry yeast with sugar and a tablespoon of wheat flour. Then add four tablespoons of lukewarm water and mix thoroughly until a paste forms. Let this paste rest for 15 minutes. In a bowl, combine the remaining flour with salt and bread spices. Add the yeast mixture and 280 ml of lukewarm water, and knead everything with the dough hooks of a hand mixer for 5 minutes until a smooth dough forms. Then cover the dough and let it rest for about 15 minutes.

Step 2

Sprinkle your work surface with some flour, knead the dough, and shape it into a ball. Place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let it rest covered for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius (fan: 210 degrees Celsius). Place a baking dish filled with water on the oven's bottom. Bake the bread for about 30 minutes and then let it cool on a wire rack.

Step 3

Hand over the housewarming gift personally and carefully wrapped. For example, with a homemade ribbon, a decorative bow, or a sprig of rosemary.


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