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Recipe for the Stutenmann or Weckmann (breadman)

It’s been an exciting day yesterday. Unfortunately as a permanent resident/greencard holder – I don’t get to vote! I found it very hard this time to be a bystander. Living between two countries- being in a nowhereland – not able to vote in either country – is very frustrating! But what an amazing time to be here and witness this historic moment…

I promised you a recipe for the little breadman, I believe. Remember my article about Saint Martin form last Wednesday? If you have time you should try and make them with the kids!

Ingredients for 6 little Guys:
600 grams of flour
40 grams of fresh yeast ( if not available use about 2.25 teaspoons of dry yeast)
1 cup of lukewarm milk
2 eggs
60 grams of sugar
100 grams of butter ( a little less than one stick)
a pinch of salt,
grated lemon zest from one whole lemon
a touch of vanilla
Raisins and almonds to make mouth,eyes, buttons

Sift flour into a bowl and make a hole in the center. Mix the warmish milk with the yeast and pour it into the hole. Gently mix it in with some of the flour scooped from the sides of the hole. Germans call that the Vorteig=Predough.

Cover the bowl with a towel and let rest in a warm place for 15 minutes. Add the melted butter, eggs, salt, sugar, lemon zest to the mixture and blend it all together. Knead the dough until nice and smooth. Let it rest again for 15 minutes.
Roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick and cut out or shape into breadman. Decorate as shown in the pictures. Children love to help with this! Rub on some beaten egg yolks to give a nice brown shiny tint! Let them rest another 15 minutes before baking.
In Germany the breadman usually come with a pipe made of clay. I prefer the non-smoking kind =).
Bake at about 380 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Hope you have time to make them with the kids!
Peace, Ulla

10 thoughts on “Recipe for the Stutenmann or Weckmann (breadman)

  1. Looks delicious Ulla, thank you for the recipe 🙂

  2. Thanks for the recipe!

    Tag you’re it!

  3. Love it Ulla! Thank you so much…we will make some little guys tomorrow!

  4. Let me know how they turn out birchleaf! If you could take some pictures to post here that would be swell!
    We could even do a back-off! =)

  5. Thank you! I remember these from my childhood – haven’t made them in ages though! Now’s a great time to get back to old traditions. 🙂

  6. They look too cute to eat!

  7. thanks for sharing this! we are going to our annual lantern walk this sunday… perhaps i will try to make these:)

  8. about to attempt! thanks Ulla, now off to gram converter….

  9. We did it! Here are our creations!

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