The longest line is at the

Zwiebach

booth. Yes they are that good!

 

Zwieback, "two bread" in German ...

 

The "two bread" Zweiback booth is by far the busiest booth at the Relief Sale. (Booth #15)

A short history lesson. Russian Mennonite zwieback, called Tweebak in Plautdietsch, is a yeast bread roll formed from two pieces of dough that are pulled apart when eaten. Placing the two balls of dough one on top of the other so that the top one does not fall off during the baking process is part of the art and challenge that must be mastered by the baker. Traditionally, this type of zwieback is baked Saturday and eaten Sunday morning and for afternoon Faspa (Standard German: "Vesper"), a light meal.

This zwieback (or zwiebach) originated in the port cities of the Netherlands or Danzig, where toasted, dried buns were used to provision ships. Mennonite immigrants from the Netherlands, who settled in around Danzig in West Prussia continued this practice and brought it to Russia, when they migrated to new colonies in what is today Ukraine.

As its been said, making zweiback involves pinching round pieces of dough, placing one piece on top of another, pressing each one by pushing a finger down through both pieces. Watch the video and you will see the process.