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This is an old baking house, which in former times was a meeting place for men and women. The men took care of the right heat in the big brick oven by burning a lot of branch-bundles and wood. When heat was right, that means, when the stone walls nearly glowed, the ash was swept out and the bread loafs were pushed in. While baking, the loafs several times were wiped with a wet hand-brush to get a good crust.
When bread was baked, there was still enough heat for baking cakes at baking sheet metal.
Here in my region nearly in each village there is such a baking house - often rebuilt - and this former tradition meanwhile is very popular again. There are baking house clubs, which organize baking parties. Then the visitors have the opportunity to buy this very popular bread, here called "Schanzenbrot" (Schanzen = branch bundles) - mostly made out of rye flour.

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