Today is the feast day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary- patron of bakers!
Before I really knew anything about her, even that she was the patron of bakers, I found a recipe to celebrate her feast day with that became one of my absolute favorite desserts, despite the fact that it has no chocolate in it! Now, I make Hungarian shortbread every year for her feast day, and at least one or two times throughout the year, just to have it.
Aside from inspiring this delicious treat, Elizabeth of Hungary is a beautiful patron to celebrate. She has two qualities I always find particularly interesting in a saint. For one thing, she was a wife and mother. I usually expect that saints are going to be priests and nuns, probably because I imagine most of the married saints are unknown to the world. A major reason St. Elizabeth is known is probably because of the other fact I find interesting- that she was royalty.
Maybe it’s just me, but I think it would be extra hard to be virtuous when you are given every luxury you could want. Yet, Elizabeth practically did nothing but give. When sickness plagued her people, she gave everything she could, even to the point of giving her own bed to a leper to care for him.
Among the many things she gave to those in need was food, so it’s not hard to see why she is the patron saint of bakers. Often times, I bake because I want to eat sweets, let’s be honest. But I do find joy in sharing my baked goods with others. Today, I really don’t need the batch of Hungarian shortbread I’m going to make, so I think I’m going to bring the kids over to give it to the neighbors. They are so sweet, and I’ve been meaning to bake for them. This seems to be the best way we can celebrate this feast day today!
Additionally, I was excited to make this St. Elizabeth of Hungary peg doll to keep in my kitchen as my little patron. I’m not big on knick-knacks, but I know this will serve as a reminder of St. Elizabeth’s charity, and will inspire me to be giving with my baking- even if I’m simply baking pancakes for my own children. It’s all to glorify God.
If you’d like to order your own kitchen patron, or another saint peg doll, send me an email. They are custom made, and for a limited time, only $5 a piece plus shipping. Great stocking stuffers!
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us.