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.
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.
Hope you enjoy!