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From: "Jerome Buza" <>
Subject: Re: [DVHH] Mushkazone revisited
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 14:39:28 -0700
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That is very interesting and thank you for sending that information on. I
am wondering if my relatives that live in Germany know about this and I will
send it on to them.

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From: "Beth Tolfree" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 10:43 AM
Subject: [DVHH] Mushkazone revisited

> Hello, List members:
> The subject of Mushkazone was discussed on the List at some length at
> least a year ago or longer.
> Memories and recipes were shared by quite a few of us.
> Andrea Hussli even went to the trouble of having the special mold for
> these cookies replicated so that
> those interested could order one.
> I revisit this subject because Dr. Horst Lerner in Germany has been kind
> enough to send me a
> translation he has done (with Shirley Hermann) of an article describing
> the history of Mushkazone.
> It is a speciality of the Cafe Kehl in the Akzent Hotel Am Bach in
> Dettelbach.
> Without further comment, here is the article:
> "Our Speciality"
> "Muskatzines"
> "The original Muskatzines are still produced only in Dettelbach according
> to an old recipe as they have
> been for several centuries.
> They have been well known not only in the region of the River Main for a
> long time.
> Gourmets praise them as a precious jewel of the Franken region. Cafe Kehl
> today holds the trademark
> of Muskatzinen.
> The honourable Meister Urban was the creator of this pastry. He belonged
> to the guild of pastry cooks.
> The town of Dettelbach had several of them; the traditional artisans were
> candlestick makers and Lebkuchen
> (gingerbread) bakers. In the year 1505 golden times came up for them
> because people went on the pilgrimage
> to the miracle working icon of St. Maria.
> The skill of the pastry cooks soon proved to be the most noble branch of
> the guilds and yielded a good income.
> Meister Degen was the most successful among them with his lucky strike of
> baking his Muskatzines. One day
> he offered Muskatzines besides traditional cakes. They were completely
> unusual in their taste and unfamiliar
> shape. People found an explanation:
> Meister Degen carved the new molds to look like his neatly pleated necktie
> which he like to wear so much.
> All his life long he kept the composition of the dough and the ingredients
> secret. Just the name betrayed what
> could be tasted anyway: nutmeg was the important spice in the mixture.
> People liked Muskatzines and Urban Degen became famous. History reports
> that even the King of Bavaria
> found this spicy cooky extremely delicious. So he granted him the
> exclusive license to produce these Muskatzines.
> However Degen did not want his secret recipe to be buried with him after
> his death.
> On his deathbed he revealed the recipe to the members of his guild but
> made the condition that the original
> recipe had to be kept among the pastry cooks of the town.
> His descendants kept this oath by handing down the heritage to the direct
> descendants. So the Muskatzines
> are still a speciality of Dettelbach today. The owners of the patent are
> the Dauenhauer family who run
> Cafe Kehl.
> Some legends report how the Muskatzines were invented:
> A knight from Palestine, too much Dettelbach wine, nutmeg as a medicine
> for hangovers, this told to a pastry
> cook by a pilgrim...Etc. Another poetic explanation is that good Meister
> Degen got the inspiration directly
> from heaven in a dream.
> Both versions have a common plot: pilgrimage, wine and Muskatzines are
> part of Dettelbach like the Amen
> at the end of a prayer."
> The link for the hotel and Cafe Kehl is:
> You can see a picture of the bakers,
> the cookie and even order some of Cafe Kehl's Muskatzine cookies.
> Beth Tolfree
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> to others who are searching for clues to the lives of their ancestors.
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