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Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 15 mins

These "Man-shaped" breads are made especially for St. Martin's Day in Germany on November 11.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Mix yeast with warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  2. Combine milk, butter, shortening, and sugar, in a saucepan and heat gently then set aside to cool.
  3. Place flour in a large bowl, make a well in the middle of the flour.
  4. Pour yeast mixture into the flour well, cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
  5. Add milk mixture to flour and mix all the ingredients together.
  6. Knead into a ball, dust with flour and let rise for 45 minutes.
  7. Roll dough and divide into 10 pieces to form into gingerbread men shaped Weckmänner.
  8. Place the Weckmänner on a large baking sheet covered with baking or wax paper, making sure to leave enough room between each shape.
  9. Let rise for a further 20 to 45 minutes.
  10. Brush with egg and water mixture, decorate with raisins and dried cranberries for the eyes and buttons.
  11. Bake at 325 to 350F for 10-15 minutes.
  12. *Note: A traditional Weckmann in Germany would have a clay pipe in his mouth.