Buzau pretzels are one of Buzau’s emblems and are highly appreciated for their unmistakable flavour and crunchy texture.
Steeped in history and tradition, the art of making pretzels in Buzau has been passed down from one generation to the next, representing an important part of local culture. Locals love it and celebrate it with passion and pride.
The origin of Buzau pretzels
It is said that the history of Buzau pretzels begins sometime after 1800, when the Greeks opened taverns in the Buzau Fair. Because of this, in Buzău, a ring-shaped dish with a crispy golden crust, a fine crumb and a strong flavour of white wheat flour began to be served at the table.
Originally called “kovrig”, it was cheap, easy to prepare and only good to serve with drinks in the bar.
Ingredients and traditional recipe
The Buzău pretzel dough is simple but tasty, made from flour, water, yeast, salt and vegetable oil. It is gently kneaded to achieve a soft but elastic consistency, which gives the pretzels their distinctive texture. After kneading, the dough is left to rise, and then shaping into a ring shape begins. The baking soda-water mixture gives that glossy look and crispy crust.
Aroma and taste
Buzau pretzels are famous for their unmistakable aroma that spreads in the air from the moment they are prepared. The crisp golden rind hides a slightly gummy core that releases an explosion of flavours into the mouth of the person who experiences them. The taste is slightly salty, yet delicate, making it ideal to eat both for breakfast and as a snack throughout the day.
While some prefer the classic, plain and salty pretzels, others can find them in other variations: with poppy, sesame or even sweet.
Places where you can find Buzau pretzels
They can be found in many places, such as fairs, markets or specialist bakery shops. Buzău is home to most outlets that prepare fresh pretzels, made with skill and passion by local producers. Of course, these pretzels are also appreciated outside the region, being distributed in shops all over the country, carrying with them the authentic taste of Buzau.
Buzau pretzels are more than just classic bakery products. They are and will remain a symbol of the traditions and culture of Buzo. Thanks to their simple but carefully preserved recipe, they have won the hearts of people everywhere. If you want to sample the true flavour of Buză, a visit to the region will be a truly unforgettable experience.