Creepmas Day 11: German Santa Breads

These came up in an unrelated search…and I was intrigued. I could find very little info on them, save for the title of “Santa Breads.”
renate's german santa breads 2

Does anyone know more about the origin of these glutinous little creepies?
The santa bread gang

swiss-grittibaenz

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

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3 Responses to “Creepmas Day 11: German Santa Breads”

  1. Well, not where the specific pictures came from but we traditionally have these “bun-men” in Winter, you’ll get them at most bakery shops.

    Traditionally they were eaten either on St. Martin’s day in November or St. Nikolaus day (December 6). They are simply made from sweet yeast dough like buns and in the shape of men – often with a clay pipe. The specifics are up to the baker – and in case of some of your pictures they look a bit creepy indeed. πŸ™‚

    Here’s the (German) Wikipedia page: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stutenkerl

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Thanks so much for the info. It’s amazing how someone out there can always fill me in on the stories I can’t find! I’m so happy to learn from readers!

  2. Creepy yum! I’ve had these throughout my life as sweet fruit pies; more so though when my Oma (grandma) was alive, she was a stupendous baker. Germany is know for it’s comforting baked goods, predominantly on festive holidays. There’s – Christbaumgeback – a traditional Christmas tree pastry-like cookie made to be ornaments in the old days. My faves are Christstollen, long sweet loaves with raisins, nuts, lemon peel, and dried fruits, sort of the bread version of fruitcake. I enjoy it buttered with coffee. And Dresdner Stollen, a very moist, heavened bread packed with fruit and sometimes frosted with powdered sugar.
    ~The German pastries questioned above is Weckemaenwchen, in honor of Saint Nicholas, made to mimic children yet due to the painfully hot baking process they always come out monstrously creepy, like delicious possessed dolls you have to devour with coffee to kill. Here’s a link to how to make them: http://logcabincooking.com/?p=45#more-45

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