Which nationality cuts a cross in their bread before eating it?

Which nationality cuts a cross in their bread before eating it?

Posted on 20. Jul, 2010 by in International bread adventures

There may be more than one answer to this question (for which I apologise) but I am looking for one specific nationality.  First one with correct answer get a loaf like the one in the photo (UK only, sorry) which is a sour dough rye with spelt and seeds.  Yum.

Well, sadly nobody won the competition.  And the answer is:  The Hungarians!

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17 Responses to “Which nationality cuts a cross in their bread before eating it?”

  1. Dan Cox

    21. Jul, 2010

    The Vatican

  2. virtuousbread

    21. Jul, 2010

    Hello Dan, a good guess but an incorrect guess! Although they do put crosses on lots of other things.....

  3. Philip Lawford

    21. Jul, 2010

    umm...how about Estonia?

  4. virtuousbread

    21. Jul, 2010

    Close..getting close...but not quite!

  5. Philip Lawford

    21. Jul, 2010

    Well actually Yes, but if you won't accept Estonia, how about Poland?!

  6. virtuousbread

    21. Jul, 2010

    Getting closer (moving south)

  7. Birgit

    06. Oct, 2010

    Sorry, a bit late....
    I am originally from Austria and my mum still makes a cross in every bread before she cuts it.

  8. virtuousbread

    06. Oct, 2010

    I love this - thank you so much for letting me know. Bread stories....

  9. johnny lava

    25. Jan, 2011

    What about who makes the worst bread for your next poll? Some places need a nudge e.g.Singapore where the idea of 'good bread' is at about the same level as a McDonalds burger bun for most people here.We need to campaign for better bread &what better place to start?

  10. virtuousbread

    25. Jan, 2011

    What a good idea. We will do that next! Thanks.

  11. Francoise

    01. Feb, 2011

    well my mum who is French also used to make a cross on the bottom of the bread before slicing it!

  12. virtuousbread

    01. Feb, 2011

    it's amazing, isn't it? how many bread customs are similar around the world.

  13. iulian

    12. Feb, 2011

    Romanians they make a cross on the bread and I guess all or most of the people whose religion is orthodox.

  14. virtuousbread

    12. Feb, 2011

    Hi Julian, I think you are right. I first heard of it from a friend in Hungary. Since then many Catholic/Orthodox people of all nationalities have come back to me saying that they do too!

  15. Kalilileth

    25. May, 2012

    The Irish of course! We cut a cross into the top of our soda bread before baking it!

  16. virtuousbread

    25. May, 2012

    so true!

  17. edward blacksmith

    25. Jan, 2014

    Do you know why crosses were cut in bread at least in the UK?You are most likely wrong it is very old and was to stop the real fairies from getting into the dough and stopping it rising. They were the people who lived here well before the Romans and were small and dark and blamed for everything. They become Brownies but are little people in the middle ages.

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