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
- 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.)
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!