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This is a photo of one of the traditional specialties here in Bayern (Bavaria) - a Breze. Brezen are Bavarian pretzels - salty and crusty on the outside, soft on the inside. You can buy them at local bakeries (there is one on nearly every street corner in Munich) as well as from stalls during Oktoberfest and at the Christmas markets.

Breze, pronounced "Bray-tse", is the German word for the tasty traditional bread shaped into a pretzel form. The plural form is Brezen. Brezen have been around a long time. According to tradition, in 610 A.D., a monk took a strip of dough and formed it into the shape of a child's arms folded in prayer. He then gave it as a reward to children who successfully learned their prayers. He called it a "pretiola", meaning "reward" in Latin. The pretiola became known in Germany as “Brezen” and “Brezel,” and later as “Pretzel” in America. Today, over 3 million Brezen are eaten by Bavarians daily.



51 comments

Connie said...

Some things will always taste good to me...Love those pretzels.

Take care,
Connie
My photo is up.

Crystal said...

I love soft pretzels! Delicious!

Happy hunting. :)

Daisy said...

This was a hard one! I was wondering what you were going to post for this. My Mommie loves soft pretzels!

maiylah said...

love soft pretzels ... would definitely love to try this!
... and thanks for the additional info. :))

meeyauw said...

Those sound much better than the bagged pretzels here in the States. Three million a day! That's a ton of pretzels!

Hootin'Anni said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, yum. Warm with cheese please!!!

Mine's posted this week...OLD SALTS

Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, suddently I'm hungry. Great idea for the concept.

jennyr said...

i like that for a snack & usually SAMs club have the cheapest one w/c is reli tasty! pretzels from where i came from is diff...it's a hard tiny one coated w/ chocolate...

Viamarie said...

This made me hungry.

Have a great day!

Twisted Cinderella said...

Mmmm . . . a yummy take on todays theme!

Mummy B said...

yummo! your making me hungry!

Cathy said...

That pretzel looks so good - yum!

Vader's Mom said...

Great photo! I love those pretzels. Thanks for making me hungry :)

The Meezers said...

ooooooooooooo, mommy is drooling - she LOVES LOVES LOVES those pretzels

said...

mmmmmm yummmy yummmy

This is a very good representation of salty :-)

I hope you have a happy day Dragonheart <3

I know you are far away in Germany, but we are pretty close, really. I am just right over here in Virginia *waves*
I am so glad I found your bloggie

Forty Paws said...

That's a very informative post!! 3 million pretzels a day is like a bunch.

Luf, Us

Pamela said...

The Bavarian pretzels are a favorite here in the States but I have never heard them referred to as Breze, and I am so glad to told us how it was pronounced! Great thought for the theme salty! :)

Janet said...

Oooooooooooooh I LOVE those pretzels!!! I have to get one now LOL!

Amy in NY said...

My 6 year old love's those! Yum.

Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

Ma said...

Great choice! I love those pretzels, especially with butter on it.

Thanks for stopping by.

srp said...

I didn't know the traditions or the origins of the pretzel. I would actually like the bread, soft pretzel much better than the crunchy hard ones.

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Do you ever get to lick it, Dragonheart?

Expat Traveler said...

Now I loved those, especially with the mustard and or sometimes along with a sausage..

Really I miss Munich and Bavaria so much and hope our next trip can include this area...

Daphne said...

Ooooh, did you get to lick the salt, Dragonheart?
I like to lick salty things!

Not The Mama said the picture made him hungry.

Cheers and ((((((((((HUGS)))))))))
to you my friend!
Meow for now,
Daphne

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Ohhh thank you for teaching us about Breze. Moooommmm stay away now. Stop drooling. *She's on a low carb diet* We'll try to keep her in control. We is envious that you get to eat such a great looking salty food.

Heart of Rachel said...

I love pretzels particularly Cinnamon pretzels. I love eating them while drinking a cold glass of lemonade.

Thanks for visiting me earlier.

mar said...

Oh, this plus the Weisswurst is what my husband misses around noon, he he. I love pretzels, we are lucky there is a German bakery where we can get some and then we freeze them...Mmmm, lecker!
happy saturday!

Michelle said...

I love pretzels! I am a big fan of breads of all kinds! But pretzels especially!

Biker Betty said...

I haven't had breakfast yet and that Brezen sure looks and sounds delicious. Dragonheart, you find the neatest hunt pics. I like the tradition behind the Brezen. That is neat. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Frances said...

I'm thinking of how lovely that pretzel would be warm with an lovely icy cold beer!
Thanks for sharing and visiting.
Frances

Tara said...

My Mom's mouth is watering, she loves those kind of pretzels!
Tara

Munchkin, Missy and Monte said...

We love pretzels here too..specialy wif melted cheese.
((((Hug))))

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

Do you put mustard on your pretzels, Momma does....yuk!!!

Patches

Kimo & Sabi said...

Wow - we learns something new everytime we visits ya!

Jodi said...

I love pretzels!!

Have a great Saturday!

Sophia, The Diva Kitty said...

Now all I need is a good pint! Thanks for stopping by - DKM

Rosie & Cheeto said...

What a grate lessun. Owr lady says shes supur hungry aftur luking ovur owr shouldurs at yer picktur.

Incog & Nito said...

Pretzels are a favourite around our place and I'm guessing it's because of the salty taste. Happy weekend.

Waspgoddess said...

I was very curious to see what salty picture you would come up with. This was a surprise, but a mouth watering one (and I'm not usually one for salty foods).

Have a lovely weekend (and don't miss the lunar eclipse tonight)

Chairman Mao said...

Pretzels! You kitties eat all kinds of yummy stuff. I had a nibble of Momma and Daddy's beans and cornbread the other day.

I'm tagging you for a hug -- big, warm fuzzy huggies! Come by my bloggie for details.

Karen said...

Wow, great history lesson to go with the photo. Thanks for stopping by.

Ariel said...

That looks yummy :)

eph2810 said...

Those are so yummy. Now I want one. We don't have them over here, I mean not in a bakery. You can get only the frozen ones - yuk!

Perfect picture for this week's photo theme.

Have a wonderful Sunday :)

PowersTwinB said...

We have these here in the North east US and they are served with hot melted chees to dip them in...yummmm My photo is up, please visit

abe-hap said...

My o My I would love to try a pretzel that big!!

LibertyBelle said...

Really good photo and choice for the theme! Those pretzels are famous for their beer over there! *S*
Happy weekend
L

Firefly said...

What a great idea! Unfortunately, I didn't have any photogenic pretzels around. Pooh! I did try to photograph my Arby's potato cakes, but they just came out rather boring-looking. So, I had to look elsewhere... Come see! :)

Teena said...

That looks yummy!

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

Gattina said...

Going through DH's blog I found the Bretzel. I never heard the word you put, must be bavarian, but the official word is "die Bretzel", die Bretzeln. I think the immigrants to America just put a P instead of the B ! lol !

PastorMac's Ann said...

Oooo, that looks absolutely delicious! Look at those salt crystals. Mmmm. Wonderful choice for The Hunt Dragonheart.

Myrna said...

Love these pretzels!!!