The byzantine metaxotos artos (=silk bread) could mean fine bread, made with flour which had been sifted through a sieve made of thin silk cloth. The ash bread was unleavened bread and was prepared just with flour, water and salt. Bread in silk and bread in ash... bread for emperors, princes, rich abbots and bread for the poor.
The loaves of bread were made for a themed dinner inspired by foods of Byzantium
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