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Russisch Brot, anyone?

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Hello hounds,

I'm wondering if anyone might have a clue on how to find the really delicious German cookie going by the name Russisch Brot (or "Russian bread'). As a child I remember German relatives bringing them for our family around Christmas, and while they are not technically a Christmas cookie, I'm regressing and trying to find them. For those unfamiliar with them, they are small letter-shaped cookies that have a wonderful dark caramel flavor to them. I don't know about German delis in the Southland, but if anyone might point me in the right direction I'd be forever grateful. Many thanks in advance!

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  1. I love them too! I think Cost Plus World market has them. I might have also seen them in Bristol Farms or Gelson's. Let us know if you find them - after reading you're post, I really really want some!

    Also looking for Lebkuchen without the chocolate. Will post that search separately!

    1. You should enquire within at Schreiner's Fine Sausages in north Glendale (on the corner of Ocean View and Verdugo). If they don't have it, they may be able to point you to it.

      1. Try the German grocery store at the Alpine Village in Torrance. They are very well stocked with German products. If you can't find it there, you can order them online at www.germandeli.com

        1. Wow, I haven't thought of those in um, over 30 years. They were crunchy and just slightly bitter from the dark caramelized sugar in them. Doesn't Bahlsen make them? For torta basilica, Bahlsen also makes lebkuchen without chocolate, with the edible rice paper on the bottom. I would recommend Schreiner's, too, although I recall that Gerson's stocks a fair assortment of Bahlsen sweets around the holidays. Schreiner's has lots of other German non-food items, too, e.g. Pine bath oil and 4711 cologne.