European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Mar 3 1968, Page 10

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - March 3, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseCool tie forms i i pffti1ii & i & a to Ipi k i is &.sa3 x,.-,.to Many Spring Erle cookie forms such As this one of 150 years ago featured quaint Folk tale figures. Fac 10 amusing elephant detail from above is 3 inches wide in original. Name of artist is unknown. The stars and stripes Back in the Early 1 800s in Germany the Art of baking was Art indeed Folk Art at its finest. Spicy Holiday cookies such As Lebkuchen and Spring Erle were made using special wooden forms carved by skilled artisans sometimes the Baker himself most often a local artist. To make the cookies one rolled out the dough on the form let it set for a Clear impression then lifted it onto a cookie Sheet to bake. The finished sweets were imprinted with raised Little design masterpieces. The Lebkuchen forms most often featured highly stylized motifs a heart was a traditional favorite set off by Geometric Flower and Leaf Borders but when it came to the Spring Erle designs fancy ran free. Here decoration took on the form of Folk figures exotic animals whimsical portrayals of Village it e. People took More time with the homely cuts in those says Walter Boss director of the museum m Wieburg on the Edge of the Odenwald near Frank Furt German which has a Large collection of these holds some dating Back 150 years. Sakenes Sli turn out heart shaped Lebkuchen but the intricate ornamentation has been replaced by a few tur ice of today the old forms rarely used a 6 sought after by antique collectors who prize them a Mary Neth decorative Wall hangings. A sunday March 3, 1968

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