What Thun has to do with Europe. And why the Basel treats look really fat next to those from the Bernese Oberland.
Posted today at 12:00 PM
I have my cell phone in one hand and a piece of Europacake in the other when the push message pops up: The Federal Council is burying the framework agreement between Switzerland and the EU! Well then. Swallow and turn to the treats, woulde I’ll tell you. They too come from Confiserie Steinmann, whose main branch is in «Bälliz» is located, Thuns shopping street.
The cake, just to mention that it tastes sweet and sticky – and has none of the complexity of international treaties. Es is apricotskonfi on Japonais base, a biscuit subtly soaked with Cointreau, chocolate filling and Florentine lid, an edible European flag on it and that’s it. The Steinmanns developed it about 50 years ago with a group of confectioners, iis one or the other apprentice will probably continue to use the recipe. D.he history of the Europacake is therefore limited when it comes to its wildness.
Anders theTreats. Their shape already catches the eye: they are wafer-thin plates and they crack quietly when you break them. You are so muchthinner than about her close relatives in Basel or the rest of Switzerland, and much harder, aAlso because they must be kept airtight does itssen. The sagt Urs Steinmann. His grandfather has the Recipe bought from its predecessor in 1920. In the meantime his children have taken over the shop, including den treats and theirs Packaging.
DThe cover sheet for the treats showed long pictures of the Abschiesset, the Thun folk festival, in which crossbows and a court jester, the Fulehung, play a role. The latter adorned the cover of the treats again and again, once together with a flying treat, children and Thun Castle. Dieses ican be seen on the packaging today, without weapons, without filling and that’s a good thing: The treats are available all year round. But only here! Even in Steffisburg, a few kilometers further, these elegant, wafer-thin treats are no longer available.
Logically, the Steinmanns did not invent treats, they have been baked here since the 18th century. But something different: In the 1950s, the family worked with a printer to develop a process that could print line drawings on chocolate. A portrait of the Aare basin, for example, or the town hall. Such roundabouts are on the Thunerli today, the small, covered with chocolate filling chocolatenmürbeteigbödeli. They taste good too excellent, but are next to the treats almost a little boring. You break it, put it on die Tongue, wash off with a glass of red wine, perhaps. Was for a marriage. Or should I say: framework agreement?
In the “Altbacken” series, we present bakeries that manufacture baked goods that are threatened with extinction or bake them with historical expertise.