Child decorating laufabrauð before frying
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Laufabrauð (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈløːivaprøiθ], leaf bread) is a traditional kind of Icelandic bread that is most often eaten in the Christmas season. Originating from northern Iceland but now eaten throughout the entire country, it consists of round, very thin flat cakes with a diameter of about 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches), decorated with leaf-like, geometric patterns and fried briefly in hot fat or oil.
Laufabrauð can be bought in bakeries or made at home, either with ready-made dough or from scratch; patterns are either cut by hand or created using a heavy brass roller, the laufabrauðsjárn ("leaf bread iron"). Leaf bread making at home is usually a family undertaking and often an essential part of the Christmas preparations, where several generations gather and take part in the decorating.
- Salvör Gissurardóttir (2000). "Laufabrauð - "Leaf Bread"". Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- Hanneck, Maike (2004). Island-Kochbuch (in German). túrí. pp. 30–31. ISBN 9979-9641-0-3. OCLC 76585143.
- Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir. "Leaf Bread for Christmas". Retrieved 2009-11-29.
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