Sunday, September 20, 2009

Oven-baked happiness

Bread is a "symbol of family happiness" in Uzbekistan.

I traveled through Uzbekistan while enroute to Afghanistan to cover the fighting after the Sept. 11 attack on the twin towers of World Trade Center. I found out that traditional round breads known as lepyoshkas are an important part of Uzbek cuisine.

According to the Cuisine of Uzbekistan:
Lepyoshkas are mentioned in one of the world's oldest written works, "Eros about Gylgamesh", the legendary ruler of the Sumerians, who lived almost 5000 years ago.
And unlike your basic Wonder bread, lepyoshkas are baked in special clay ovens called tandir.
Lepyoshkas baked in the tandir have a full aroma, delicious taste, and a high caloric content, and are said to hold healing powers.

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