Happy St. Nicholas Day! Today is December 6th, when Swiss children receive treats from Saint Nicholas—the patron saint of children. He typically hands out peanuts, chocolates, mandarin oranges and rectangular Swiss gingerbread (“biscômes” in French and “lebkuchen” in German). When my son arrived at school this morning, Saint Nicholas had left a bag of goodies in his slippers that he wears for class.
At this time of year, our local boulangeries, grocery stores and farmers’ markets are filled with different kinds of gingerbread for Saint Nicholas Day. I typically see biscômes in rectangular shapes, decorated with white icing or with a paper drawing of Saint Nicholas.
I made two batches of biscômes this week—sans dairy, eggs and nuts—using a recipe I modified from my copy of Croqu’menus. We ate them for breakfast this morning to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day. They’re good with a strong cup of coffee!
At the moment, I am baking a large bonhomme de pâte for dinner, as a final reminder of Saint Nicholas Day. Bon week-end, everyone!