Dambedei 2

Dambedei are formed before baking.

I can’t travel to Chicago right now to shop for the holidays because of the pandemic, but I did recently manage a trip to southwest Germany to visit several Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas markets) and take a cooking class.

Well, kind of.


Spitzbuben, or Hildabrötchen, are shortbread cookies that feature a jam center.


Hutzelbrot is a German bread made with fruit and nuts.


Dambedei lay on a baking sheet.

Jane Ammeson can be contacted via email at janeammeson@gmail.com or by writing to Focus, The Herald-Palladium, P.O. Box 128, St. Joseph, MI 49085.