We , Bread baking Babes ,proudly present our BABES. Yes !
And our kitchen-of the-month Babe Gretchen of Canela y Comino let us make them.
They are called TANTA WAWA 's
TANTA WHAT"S ???
What are Tanta Wawa's? They are bread or cake figures in the form of babies or animals or whatever. The name Tanta Wawa comes from Quechua , the original language of ancient Peru . And thats where Gretchen found them. These breads can be decorated with candies, raisins or anise . In the Andes ,people give them as presents during all Saints day or the day of the deads at november 1th and 2nd and honour the ones who passed away . It is unknown when this Andean tradition began but it was a long time ago , thats for sure.
If you want to make your own babies , go visit Gretchen, she can tell you all about them.And look at her Tanta Wawa's, she's really great in making beautiful ones. Ever seen a Tanta Wawa elephant ? I fell in love with it ! And give Gretchen my love and thank her for bringing us a part of her so beloved Peruvian culture .
But don't ask me how to make the beautiful Tanta Wawa's , 'cause ..well see for yourselve.
Isn't this the ugliest baby you've ever seen ? It bursted all over.
But , as it should be , every mother loves her babies , ugly or beauty.
And I did. And it tasted great.
But that's not what a good mother is supposed to say...