Snowflake Bread Item in Istra | World Anvil
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Snowflake Bread


Snowflake bread is an old Sekhavi dessert made by flattening circles of dough and frying them in animal lard, then sprinkling them with powdered sugar. The dough is traditionally decorated before frying by stamping designs into it or cutting it into different shapes, most commonly a six-sided star to resemble a snowflake. Berries and/or syrup can be poured on the bread like a pancake. Snowflake bread is present at many gatherings year-round, but especially during Kelva's Eve right before winter or during Vala's Eve.


It is nigh impossible to trace down the Sekhavi who made the first snowflake bread, but it originated in the Sixth Age. It originated from the plain unleavened bread that the Sekhavi people ate, most likely from a housewife who used her creativity to cut the bread into shapes. Powdered maple sugar was growing in popularity during this time and turned ordinary fried bread into a delicacy. Stamps were made out of metal in order to press remarkably intricae designs into the bread. These typically depict knotwork, snowflakes, trees, animals, plants, or abstract designs. Some stamps would also cut the dough into a shape at the same time. There are frequent competitions to create the best snowflake bread for the new year, judging both by taste and by the designs in the bread.   As trade increased between the Sekhavi and nations such as Bolaan or Kieruska in the Tenth Age, snowflake bread spread to other parts of Istra. It is one of the only Sekhavi foods to become popular elsewhere. People were amazed that the "savage" people in the mountains could create such beautiful art out of their food.    In the present day, Kianakae Da'Krithera has expressed that snowflake bread is her favorite dessert.
Item type
Consumable, Food / Drink
Creation Date
6th Age
3-6 oz
5-10 in


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Feb 16, 2024 15:21 by J. J.

Love a simple, sweet bread that captures the essence of the people it came from. Good stuff!

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Feb 16, 2024 17:08 by Lady Arsenik

Thank you for reading! Food can really tell us a lot about the people who made it.

Feb 16, 2024 17:26 by J. J.

Very true. Reading all of the Sweet entries for the Cabinet kind of makes me want to do a whole thing on food now. Cheers!

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