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baked Gritibänz on a mat
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The 6th December is St Nicholas day.

St Nicholas day is a North European tradition - and the origin of our Santa Claus. Legend has it that St Nicholas was a kind and generous older man who would reward well behaved children with mandarins, nuts and sweets. He would come on this day accompanied by his helper, Schmutzli, who was feared by children as he would strike naughty ones with a long whip he carried by his side.So you had the carrot and the stick for childrens' behaviour.'

On St Nicholas day the 'Gritibänz, a sweet bread in the shape of St Nicholas , is made in his honour.

  • Ingredients
  • 500 gr plain flour
  • 40 gr caster sugar
  • 300 ml full cream milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 60 gr butter
  • 1 beaten egg for glazing
  • some currants, almonds and 1 date for decoration
  1. pre heat oven to 180˚

  2. put all the dry ingredients into your mixing bowl

    dry ingredients in mixing bowl
  3. lightly heat up the milk and butter

    a pan with milk and butter
  4. with your dough hook mix everything until nice and smooth

    a ball of dough on bench
  5. cover the dough and let rest for about 1 1/2 hours until doubled

    doubled dough with indentation
  6. divide into 3 balls and begin to shape your Gritibänz

    3 balls of dough
  7. use your artistic imagination, you can do anything you like

    3 figures decorated with currents and almonds
  8. brush the gritibänz with the beaten egg and bake foe 25 minutes

  9. let them cool on a biscuit track

    golden coloured Gritibänz on a mat
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