Gingerbread for Saint Nicholas Day

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.

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Biscômes for sale at the farmers’ market

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Bear-decorated, Bernese-style biscômes (and a grand bonhomme de pâte!)

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!

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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!

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2 thoughts on “Gingerbread for Saint Nicholas Day

  1. Tessa King says:

    I would love to get this recipe if you are inclined to post it. I am thinking about dairy free desserts for Christmas this year for our son who is lactose intolerant. I will definitely be checking out this blog for ideas. Thanks!!

    • dairyfreeswitzerland says:

      Hi Tessa! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I’ll post this next week for you. I’ll be doing lots of baking this weekend to try to get it just right and hopefully a few other recipes too. 🙂 Wish you and your family could come over and help us eat all the cookies! -Heddi

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