Hramatka is an old and slightly forgotten dish of Belarusian cuisine. It had been very popular in public catering until the mid-nineteenth century, when it was displaced by coffee and tea. In fact, hramatka performed the social functions of those drinks. Probably hramatka was served not only as a beverage, but also as a soup, as in the past one dish could serve several purposes. People began every morning with hramatka, it could be also served during a conversation as we drink coffee nowadays. Hramatka was prepared with beer, for this reason it had a slightly bitter, but pleasant taste, which could be compared with coffee. There is a similar dish in Polish cuisine, which is called Beer soup.
Grand Duke of Lithuania Žyhimont (Sigismund I, Zygmunt I) the Old (1506–1548) was a big lover of hramatka. According to legend, his young Italian wife Bona Sforza was at first very suspicious of her new homeland — the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was only hramatka that made her change her mind. What is the secret of this drink? It is high time to cook and taste this royal dish.
Mix together the beer and water in a bowl, then add the bread crumbs and mix again.
In a saucepan, gently warm the mixture over a low heat, until the bread crumbs soften.
Add the sour cream, sugar, cumin, cinnamon and grated ginger.
Keep stirring while warm for several minutes.
Remove from the saucepan and filter the mixture, using a fine sieve.
To serve, pour in a glass or a bowl with the croutons on the side.
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No-one will be surprised if I say that beer is more than just a drink, and many tasty dishes can be made from it. Since olden times, beer has been an important ingredient of many culinary delights. It is actively used in different culinary traditions around the world. But the most unusual and perhaps the most delicious dish cooked with beer that I have tried in Belarus happens to be... soup! I advise everyone to try this delicacy.
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