translated from Italian, is “strong bread.” It got its name for the strong
spices that are used in and, in fact, was originally called panpepato (peppered
bread) for its use of black pepper. However, it is not bread in our modern
sense, but a rich confection of nuts flavored with citrus peel and spices.
In the 1987
Gabriel Axel film Babette's Feast, our protagonist Babette wins the lottery, and
proceeds to spend her entire winnings on one lavish French meal for her austere
Calvinist employers. I'd do that. Wouldn't you?