Stutenkerle, Weckmänner, Pumänner

This is a really traditional bake we eat in the advent time at home (Germany). Its one of the first things you learn to bake as a kid and I still love to make and obviously eat them. I remember one day in primary school we had a 1x1m Stutenkerl for our class and cut it into pieces like a big cake. That was absolutely amazing, but I also remember that it didn’t taste very nice. There are two main types of dough that are typically used, a sweet yeast dough or a quark-oil dough. I do not seem to like the quark-oil doughs they use in most bakeries so I looked for a recipe for home-made ones. Me and my housemate had a lot of fun making them and they do look a little bit like little kids had made them 😛

250g quark (not the fat free one, go for a medium fat quark)
100g sugar
some vanilla sugar 
450g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 tablespoons milk
a pinch of salt
raisins for decoration
1 egg and some milk for an eggwash
 

Preheat the oven for 180°C.

Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead until it forms a nice dough.

Divide into 6-10 portions and form little dough men. You could also cut them out with a knife or gingerbread man cutter.

Brush with some egg wash and decorate with raisins (or raising pieces if they are too big).

Bake until golden brown (around 15 minutes for medium sized ones).

In Germany we usually decorate them with raisins and a large non-edible white pipe. I think you can buy these pipes somewhere, but I have no idea where.

We just used some almonds as mini-pipes!

 

 
 

 

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