I want to start this by wishing a happy belated Hanukkah to all of you! I hope you all had an amazing time with your loved ones.
This story is about a nice surprise I had yesterday, and I thought it would be nice to share it here.
My grandmother was a German Lutheran of Jewish descent that migrated to South America in 1953 after getting married to my grandfather. She and her sister went through WWII as teenagers and managed to escape the Nazi murder machine by hiding in Berlin. She passed when I was a toddler, so sadly I never got to hear about her life and experiences. For obvious reasons, she was a very reserved woman when it came to discussing that period of her life, so not even my father (her only child) knows much about it.
The thing is, I always wondered if any aspects of her life were influenced by Judaism. Even if she wasn’t part of the religion, I thought there had to be some form of Jewish heritage that she kept in her heart.
Well, one of the few things I have been lucky enough to learn from her (even if it is by reading her old recipes), is the recipe for this certain pastry she called Nuss Krantz. It’s my favorite thing ever. I always believed it was something she had made up, a sort of variation of a nut kuchen. But out of mere curiosity, I decided to Google it to see if I could find anything about it. Imagine my surprise when I found out Krantz is a Jewish pastry! This discovery made me mad happy. The Nuss Krantz she made is a bit different when it comes to ingredients, but it follows the same principle of the Krantz I see online: a sweet mixture spread over pastry batter that is then rolled to form a sort of loaf.
This might be a very small thing to be so joyful about, but I digress. I feel very honored to still be connected to that speck of Jewishness there is in my blood, even if it’s through something as simple as a dessert.
Anyways, I just wanted to share this. I would be glad to learn about the ways your families prepare krantz, or of there is any recipe you recommend for me to try in the future. Happy holidays!