The cougnou or bread of Jesus is a bread baked during Christmas time and is typical of the southern Low Countries.

A quéniole of Valenciennes
Alternative namesBread of Jesus
TypeSweet bread
Place of originLow Countries
Main ingredientsFlour, eggs, milk, yeast, raisins, sugar
A cougnou

It has various names according to the location:

The bread of Jesus is a sweet bread formed like a baby Jesus. It is made with flour, eggs, milk, yeast, raisins and sugar. Usually, it is given to children on Christmas and St. Martin's Day and usually enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate. This bread seems to have originated in ancient Hainaut but the bread of Jesus is now spread throughout the southern Low Countries. It is usually decorated, also differently across the provinces: with terracotta circles (called Rond(s)) in Hainaut and Romance Flanders, with incisions in Cambraisis, elsewhere it is with flowers, sugar...

The Ronds were traditionally made with clay coming from Baudour but are now made with plaster.

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  • Florence Fadier-Rotsaert. "Histoire de rond et de cougnou (History of the bread of Jesus)" (in French). Archived from the original on 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2007-04-04.