In Germany, and especially in the Schwäbisch region, for over 300 years, it is a tradition to give and eat a Neujahrsbrezel (New Year’s pretzel) on the first day of the year. This pretzel symbolizes the bond and connection to others and it is supposed to bring love and good fortune to the coming year.
This pretzel is wonderful, buttery and ever so lightly sweet. It is similar to a brioche. It is available in every bakery in Germany and it can be enormous in size!
One of my father’s best friends was a baker. He was never able to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve, he was a baker! But he often brought us a wonderful and fresh Neujahrsbrezel in the early morning on the first of the year.