Bread Man Recipe St Martin's Day

Bread Man Recipe — Make your own Martin’s Men for St. Martin’s Day

Bread Man Recipe

Bread Man recipe is used to bake a Martin’s Man for the celebrations of St. Martin’s Day. They are called Weckmänner or Stutenkerle in Germany.

Ingredients for bread man recipe:

  • 500 g (17.6 oz) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) of melted butter (OR) margarine zerlassene Butter or Margarine
  • 180ml (6 oz) of lukewarm milk

Decorative ingredients:

  • Raisins (OR) zante currants
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons of milk


Preparation of bread man recipe:

Sift flour into a bowl. Add sugar, yeast, a pinch of salt and mix it all with a big spoon. Make a hole in the center, place the egg along with the egg white and cover with the flour mix. Warm-up the milk and pour it over flour. Melt the butter in the microwave and add it, as well. Knead the ingredients together with a handheld mixer using the kneading hooks. Cover with a towel and let the dough rise for about an hour, or until  it has doubled in size.

When ready, knead the dough again with your hands and then roll it with a rolling pin— about a little more than a centimeter (0.4 inches) thick. Use your cookie cutter (either 16.5 cm – 6.5 inches or 14 cm – 5.5 inches) and cut out your men and place them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper. (I usually don’t place more than five men on one sheet to give them space to rise and not stick to each other.)

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Place the raisins for the eyes and buttons on your men. Mix the egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of milk using a fork. Brush the men with the egg mixture.

Preheat the oven about 200°C (400°F). Place the lined baking sheet on the rack just above the middle. Bake the Stutenkerle baked with the bread man recipe for about 15–20 minutes, depending on how dark you want to have the color of your Weckmänner. You are DONE!

Serving your Bread Man Recipe on St Martin's Day





St. Martin's Day Tradition

Shining a light on the meaning of St. Martin’s Day Tradition in Germany with lanterns and more!

St. Martin’s Day Tradition!

St. Martin of Tours was a soldier in the roman army. One winter, he was riding on his horse and saw a beggar freezing on the side of the street. Martin took off his coat and divided it with his sword into two pieces to share with the poor man. In that night, so the legend goes, a man appeared in Martin’s dream and Martin recognized him as Jesus—wearing the other half of the coat he gave to to the beggar. Martin felt compelled to quit the army, get baptized, and later became a bishop. After his death, he was declared holy by the Pope and was canonized the patron saint of the poor and the soldiers. St. Martin’s Day tradition is celebrated every year in November.

Even though St. Martin died on the 8th of November 397, the Germans and some other European countries celebrate St. Martin’s every year on November 11tth, the date of his funeral. After sunset, children walk with a stick that holds their homemade, candle-lit lanterns on a stick through the streets following a man dressed as St. Martin on the horse. The walk usually ends at a bonfire, where the depiction of St. Martin cutting and sharing his coat comes alive.

Saint Martin’s Day Food

The Martin’s Goose is another St. Martin’s Day tradition. It’s also known as the Martinsgansessen a St. Martin’s Feast. Butchered the night before St. Martin’s Day, the goose is usually stuffed with apples, prunes, bread; and seasoned with herbs and spices. Depending on the region, bakeries offer edible Martin Men with little pipes in their mouths. They are a treat made from yeast dough.

In the links below, I’ll show you how to roast a Martin’s Goose, how to bake the Martin Men, and how to make the paper lanterns. I’ve always enjoyed celebrating the St. Martin’s Day tradition when my children were young. It’s another great memory worth keeping alive—and sharing.

Yours, Oma

(Scroll down for recipes and lantern instructions. Click titled links.)

Martin’s Goose – Martinsgans


Martin’s Men – Weckmänner, Stutenkerle


Lanterns – Laterne