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A small hard bread that is considered to be a traditional, old world recipe served in homes throughout Germany where it is referred to as Mandelbrot. Similar to Italian biscotti, Mandel Bread is hard in texture and often made with a variety of ingredients to create vanilla or chocolate or almond flavored breads. Nuts, dried fruits, chocolate bits, and other items are often included when making this bread. If it is made as a bread or cookie for Jewish holidays when a raised dough is not allowed, Mandel Bread is prepared using potato starch and matzo cake meal instead of flour. Mandel Bread is often served as a dessert bread or as a sweet to accompany a cup of coffee or tea. This type of bread may occassionally be referred to as Mondel Bread, but it is more commonly known as Mandel Bread.
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