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The Burghers of Sri Lanka are descendants of the Dutch. Their culture is a fascinatingly rich mixture of the east and west, and the physical appearance of Burghers also, to some extent, is close to that of Dutch. A percentage of the Sri Lankan population bear Dutch surnames. Burghers show great pride in their mixed heritage although they have somewhat fallen out of their past traditions and more blended into other cultures.
Although the Dutch language is no longer spoken in Sri Lanka, Dutch words can be found in the Sinhala and Tamil languages. The Burghers introduced to Sri Lanka a number of food that have now become an important part of Sri Lankan cuisine.
Breudher is a bread that originated from the Dutch and later introduced into and became a part of our culinary fusion. Usually people have this for breakfast with some cheese or jam. Breudher is a favourite Christmas-time treat among all Sri Lankans, not only the Burgher community or Christians. It’s widely available in many Sri Lankan Supermarkets and bakeries specially during this period. A traditional mould is used to bake the “Breudher” The recipe contains butter, sugar, lots of eggs, bread dough, milk and sultanas. The end product is a bread-like cake but with a different taste.
This is how you make Sri Lankan Breudher
Ingredients for the Dough
- 2 cups Flour
- 2/3 cup of Warm Milk
- 8g yeast
- Salt Leave to Mix Later
- 2 Eggs
- 110g Sugar (Add more sugar if you like it sweeter)
- 110g Butter
- 1/2 cup of Sultana or mixed fruit
Add half of the warm milk, yeast & sugar into a mixing bowl. Leave for 5 minutes. Add flour and salt, and start kneading adding milk little by little. Keep on kneading for about 10-15 minutes. After, put that in to a greased bowl and leave until it doubles in size. Next put that in to the mixing bowl and start mixing – then add all the remaining ingredients. Put that to a prepared pan and leave for some time to develop.
Then bake on 180c about 25-30 min. Transfer to wire racks and leave to cool down before cutting. Can serve with butter or cheese.