This is a sweet bread, as the name states, which is prepared and eaten in occasion of All Souls’ day, as with the “bones to chew” or the “bones of the dead”. All Souls’ day is a Christian festivity: the date, 2nd November, was established in approximately the 10th century A.D., in conjunction with 1st November, the All Saints celebration which was established in 853. The pane dei morti (bread of the deceaseds) is a pastry which is rich of ingredients: dried and candied fruit, cocoa, chestnuts... ideal to “warm oneself up” during the cold late autumn days.
You can find this seasonal specialty at all bakeries.
(Written and photographed by The Swiss Culinary Heritage Association, www.patrimoineculinaire.ch)
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