The "krumkaka" is a decorated festivity bread, fried in specially designed krumkaka-irons. The decorations on the irons can be of different patterns that are influenced by national traditions or religion. In the old days, the krumkaka-irons were expensive and not everybody could afford one. Those who didn't could use the services of so-called "baking women" who travelled from one farm to another and fried the krumkakas using their own irons. Despite newer cooking traditions in Norwegian homes, the krumkaka has endured and for many a necessity for the Christmas table.