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This is one of the numerous old baking houses here in my region, which in former times also were a meeting place for men and women of the particular villages. They were rather wise rural equipments because of the fire danger which was diminished by only one baking place per village.
The men take care of the right heat in the big brick oven by burning a lot of branch-bundles, here called "Schanzen", and wood. When heat is sufficient, that means, when the stone walls nearly glow, the ash is swept out and the bread loafs are pushed in. While baking, the loafs several times are wiped with a wet hand-brush to get a good crust.
After bread baking there is still enough heat for cakes on baking sheets.
Here in my region nearly in each village there is such a baking house - often rebuilt - and this former tradition meanwhile is very popular again. There are baking house clubs, which organize baking parties. Then the visitors have the opportunity to buy this very popular bread, here called "Schanzenbrot" - mostly made out of rye flour.

This is the baking house of Holzhausen in the southern part of my region, the Siegerland. You can see that it was built in 1756 - but there are much more older ones here.
Here, here, here and here you can see some other baking houses. They aren't spectacular buildings - but I love them ... and this bread - mhhhhh!

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