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From: "Mercydorf" <>
Subject: Re: [DVHH] Mushkazone revisited
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 00:49:44 -0400
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And we thought the cookies were of a bundle of wheat. They do look like bow ties too. What a great site Beth and thanks for passing this article and information on to us.

Jody

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From: Beth Tolfree
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Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 1:43 PM
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: http://www.dettelbach-hotel.de/ You can see a picture of the bakers,
the cookie and even order some of Cafe Kehl's Muskatzine cookies.


Beth Tolfree
http://www.dvhh.org/abthausen/


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