Peter and Max of the local Heimatverein Jungingen (an association that preserves German tradition by keeping alive customs and heritage) and the Danube Networkers invited Ulm’s protestant youth woman pastor together with 10 young refugees to a baking event in Ulm-Jungingen on November 14th 2016. Andrea Holm, the youth woman pastor, looks after the refugees during a German course. The young people (9 male ones, one female one) are at the age between 15 and 21 years. They came from Iraq, Syria, Gambia, Eritrea and Afghanistan. They have lived in Ulm and the surrounding for several months. At the moment they learn German in a course. Together with several senior citizens of the Danube Networkers Association they came to Ulm-Jungingen by bus. The baking event was the first excursion together as a group.
Because of the cold temperature (2 degrees celsius) the event could not take place in the bake-house we know from other events. Therefore the mobile bake-cart, which was constructed by Peter and Max and their friends, was used.
Until the guests arrived Max and Peter had prepared several things. The oven was well tempered, the bread dough was prepared and now it was formed into loaves and put into the oven.
During the baking time the young refugees got to know all the words for the ingredients of the dough.
After that the senior citizens showed them how to form long rolls from a prepared dough. The next step was to always take three rolls and to twist them to a plaited yeast bun. They really enjoyed to do this.
As soon as the buns were ready they were spread with milk and decorated with almond silvers and coarse sugar.
The waiting time until the plaited yeast buns could be put into the oven was used by the guests to walk to the mentioned bake-house. During this time the contact between the guests and the hosts was intensified.
In the meantime Max and Peter took out the loaves and put in the plaited yeast buns.
After returning from the walk to the bake-house, the plaited buns were ready and could be taken out of the oven. The young guests were excited by the results of their baking event.
Together with coffee and tea they tasted the freshly baked bread. They also talked about the baking event and finally the plaited yeast buns were put into bags to take home.
The guests said thank you for the nice morning and the chance to get to know more about the tradition of baking bread. We, the Danube Networkers say thank you very much to Max and Peter and the Heimatverein Ulm-Jungingen.
(Text and photographs: Dr. W. Doster,
optimisation of the English version: Andrea Preschl )