It was a long couple of days.
My Aunt was know for many things, a mother, a sister a teacher. I will certainly remember what a fantastic baker she was. My mother, her sister, who passed away 10 years ago was a very good cook, but my Aunt had a natural ability as a baker. Her apple cake and cheese cake are fantastic. The one baked good I will remember her for is her mandell bread. Mandell bread, a twice baked bread much like a biscotti, was highly sought after from my Aunt.
As I look into our pantry and see the container she gave my father and I filled with the twice baked bread I know it will never be filled up again.
Next Thursday we will be past the traditional 7 days of mourning and maybe if I can muster it up I will see if I can make a mandell bread. Once I am done, I will pour a glass of milk and enjoy the bread while thinking of my mom and my aunt together and the wonderful meals that the cook and the baker can make together again.