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rye and spelt bread of the monks

This long lasting bread, baked in the form of a flattish figure eight, originated in the Monte Maria Benedictine monastery in the Alta Val Venosta near the Austrian border, and has recently made a come back, thanks to the last baker-monk, Fratel Alois Zöschg, who preserved the recipe. It's made with rye and spelt flour, fennel seeds, cumin and herbs from the mountains, and is excellent with cheese and cured meats.

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