Grittibänz for St. Nikolaus Day

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Welcome back to the blog everyone.

I feel like every post is starting with the same sentence. That it is nice to be back and that it has been a while.

What can I say. It’s nothing but the truth and I don’t feel very happy about it. I feel sad for not writing more as there are so many ideas on my mind. It could be a really good new year’s resolution….

So today I have a recipe for you, that is really dear to my heart, as I was making this every year around christmas. To be exact, every year before St. Nikolaus day.

This day is a very celebrated one in Germany and many other countries in Europe.  The children get bags or small stockings full of clementines, peanuts, chocolates and “Grittibänz”. Little men made out of sweet dough. “Grittibänz” is how they’re called in Switzerland.

When I was little I always loved kneeding the dough and forming little men out of it.  So as it is Christmas time and baking is one of my favourite pastime, I came up with a recipe that included ingredients which are actually good for you and a bit more healthy than the original.

The maple syrup improves the dough with a very light sweetnes and the coconut oil lets it just the very special something for making it slightly different but not taking it over the edge.

I think they taste absolutely devine and became super fluffy which I should probably credit to my love in the kitchen, named “Kitchen Aid”.

I hope you enjoy recreating this recipe and I wish you a very lovely and pensive christmas time with all your loved ones!

xx Lisa

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Grittibänz

Ingredients:

500g of spelt flour (630)
1/4 cup of maple syrup
100g of melted coconut oil
300 ml of almond milk (or any plant milk you like)
1 bag of dried yeast
1 egg (optional for brushing on them and make their skin look golden)

You’ll also need some almonds, walnuts or raisins for decorating your little dough man.

How to:

  1. First preheat the oven to 200° C.
  2. Pour the flour, maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a mixing bowl. Heat the almond milk a little bit and combine it with the dried yeast. Add this mixture also to your mixing bowl.
  3. Combine everything with your kitchen aid or any tool you prefer to use for this procedure.
  4. Let the mixer do its work until you’re left with a beautiful, smooth dough.
  5. Lay it into a clean bowl and let it rise on room-temperature for at least two hours, covered with a fresh kitchen towel.
  6. When the dough has doubled in size, you can put it on a floured kitchen counter and seperate it with a dough card into four similar sized portions.
  7. Take each one of them, form it into a roll and create arms,legs and a nose by cutting the dough with a knife and scissors.
  8. Now be creative by using the almonds and walnuts for giving the little man some buttons and eyes.
  9. If you wish, brush them with a little bit of egg and stick the baking tray into the oven. Leave it there and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on the outside.
  10. Enjoy with some home-made jam on top!

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