Did you know we iron our cakes here? A mastel is a round, sweet pastry flavoured with cinnamon and with a dent in the middle. The ‘ironed’ mastel is made according to the traditional recipe, but in a ‘special edition’. A must for foodies who want to immerse themselves in the local folk culture!

During the Patershol festivities in August, the 'ironed' version of this regional bread is traditionally sold. The 'mastel' is cut in half, spread with butter and sprinkled with brown sugar, placed between two pieces of aluminium foil and is then quite literally ironed. This gives the bread its flat shape and caramelises the sugar. 

For a long time this sweet delicacy was only available during the Patershol festivities, but nowadays you can enjoy it all year long at Pietersbar, the museum café in St Peter’s Abbey.