The Miller's trade in the Loka region
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ŠŠkofja Loka Passion
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'Mali kruhek' ('Little bread')
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'Mali kruhek' ('Little bread')« Back
Amongst the cottage industries in Loka's territory also belongs the baking of honey pastries, called 'mali kruhek' ('little bread'). They are made from rye or white flour, honey, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and potash. They mold it in two ways: pressed with a wooden stencil especially carved for this, or they shape and decorate it by hand. In Škofja Loka, Stara Loka and Sv. Duh they were making them only with a mold, in Selška dolina, Železniki and Dražgoše, partly in Poljanska dolina, they shaped them in both ways. Hand-made little bread is today usually called 'dražgoški kruhek' . With the baking of little bread, shaped in a mold, Loka's nuns of the order of St. Clare were already engaged at the beginning of the 19th. century, and after 1782 Ursulines. Loka folk called those little breads 'nunski lect' ('nun's gingerbread'). The difference between nunski lect and mali kruhek is only in the preparation of the paste, which people simplified a bit. Most likely the baking of honey pastries was spread amongst the rest of the population just from the nun's baking, since many girls learned to cook from nuns. Molds for little bread were carved by self-taught people. The most famous of which were Valentin Kobal from Škofja Loka and Primož Žontar from Sv. Duh. Nowadays Petra Plestenjak–Podlogar carves them. People were baking little bread mainly for church festivals, market days, at 'žegnanje' ('blessings') and name-days, nowadays tourists and travellers like to buy it as a souvenir.  
•  photo.: Little Bread Collection (D/611)
• photo.: A mold for little bread was carved from wood by Primož Žontar from Sv. Duh in 1880. (D/192)
• photo.: 'Dražgoški kruhek' in the shape of a star was modelled by Tonèka Debeljak from Dolenja vas in Selška dolina 1981. (D/198)

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