Leipziger Lerche

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Leipziger Lerche
Leipziger Lerchen.jpg
TypePastry
Place of originGermany
Region or stateLeipzig
Main ingredientsShortcrust, almonds, nuts, one cherry

The Leipziger Lerche is a pastry of Leipzig. The name originates from the coveted delicacy popular in the Leipzig area until the 1870s. The dish used the actual songbird lark, (German:Lerche) which was roasted with herbs and eggs and served as a filling in a pastry crust. In the year 1720 alone, 400.000 larks were sold in Leipzig for consumption.[1]

The hunting of the songbirds was officially banned by the saxonian King Albert I in 1876 after recognition of their agricultural importance.[2] According to the Vienna Appetit-Lexikon, larks were still exported from Leipzig until the end of the 19th century.[3] Today's pastry replaced the traditional meat-filled pastry after the ban.[4] The local pastry chefs are credited for helping to preserve the larks by creating the new, sweet version of Leipziger Lerche shortly after the hunting ban was imposed.[5]

Today's version consists of a shortcrust filled with a mixture of crushed almonds, nuts and a cherry. The cherry symbolises the heart of the bird. It is topped with a grid of two crossed dough strips. The term Leipziger Lerche has been protected by the Saxonian Bakery Guild since 1998.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Irene Krauß, Chronik bildschöner Backwerke, Stuttgart 1999, P. 261 f.
  2. ^ Information of the Historical Museum Leipzig
  3. ^ Robert Habs/Leopold Rosner, Appetit-Lexikon, Badenweiler 1997 (reprint of the original version Vienna 1898)
  4. ^ Irene Krauß, Chronik bildschöner Backwerke, Stuttgart 1999, P. 262
  5. ^ Duden, Das Deutsche Test 2015, P.302
  6. ^ Leipziger Lerche at Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (German)