Blogmas: Eating Is The Best (Recipe)

One of the most delicious pastries we German speakers have to offer during Christmas time are the so called Grittibänzes. I won’t even bother translating that, they have many very different names, depending where it is you’re asking for them.
It’s a very simple recipe, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



  • 500g flour
  • 1.5 TSP salt
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 20g yeast (crumbled)
  • 60g butter (at room temperature)
  • 3dl milk (lukewarm)
  • 1 egg
  • hazelnuts, raisins, almonds (to decorate)


Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl, then carefully add the milk. Knead the ingredients for about 10 minutes until they form a smooth dough. Leave to rest for approximately 2 hours to rise twice the size.


Preheat oven to 180°C. Divide the dough into 4 portions. Roll them up, so they become oval and long shaped. Use a pair of scissors to cut the legs and arms (do this by dividing the lower part, then make two small cuts on each side in order to form arms and the head).

Decorate with raisins, almonds and hazelnuts, or other things if you’d like. Make sure you wet them slightly with water, so they’ll stick better. Beat the egg, then spread it over the dough.

Put it in the lower part of the oven for 25 minutes, then leave to cool. Gritibänzes are best eaten fresh, but you can store them for a couple of days if kept in airtight container.

Of course you can choose which ever shape you like the most!
Of course you can choose which ever shape you like the most!

Hope you enjoy!

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