“Stutenkerl” – a traditional German Saint Nicholas pastry
November 27th, 2018 | bread & pastries
How many times did I put a pastry man – a “Stutenkerl” – into my children’s Santa Claus’ boots. And how many times did one of them land in our ready-made boots for St. Nicholas Day in my own childhood. But so far I had never baked such a pastry man myself, although it’s really easy. And the result is just fun!
Admittedly, so far I have always bought the “Stutenkerle” or “Weckmänner”, as they are called in Germany, at the bakery. There they lay in the display, one like the other, all equipped with clay pipes and raisin eyes and raisin buttons, tanned and appetizing. During our visit to Speyer, I found a large, really well-stocked household goods store. They sold cookie cutters for the pastry man and the obligatory pipes.
The result was quite good. Six guys – and everyone a little bit different: the one a little bit thicker, the other thinner, one more athletic, the other a bit chubby… A funny family of pastry men.
This is the recipe:
"Stutenkerl" (pastry man)
(gives 6 pieces and a few stars…)
(Attention: use the ingredients at room temperature – refrigerate dough for 1 hour – preheat oven to 200° C)
And this is how the wife of the captain does it
Stutenkerle are a nice souvenir in the pre-Christmas season. I wrap it with transparent gift wrap and a nice red bow around the neck. This makes children’s hearts beat faster and the adults are happy too!
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