The past few months have been very busy for Kinder. There is so much learning that takes place each day. It has been a joy to watch these children learn and grow.
Baking with Ms. Christiane…forming Martin Men in honor of St. Martin’s [Nov. 11], often referred to in Germany as Weckmänner. It’s a simple yeast dough that is slightly sweet and oh so tasty! They bake up plump and sweet. Such a nice treat!
Adding the eyes, buttons
Martin Man baking
Main lesson books
Forming letters with beeswax.
Making terrariums during science with Ms. Lorraine.
Spanish with Ms. Hildara
A WECKMANN AND NIKOLAUS RECIPEQuantities for 10 Weckmaenner or Nikolause.
1 Cup Milk
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Grated peel from 1 lemon
1/2 oz (One package or 2.1/4 teaspoons) rapid yeast
3 tablespoons warm, not hot, water
6.2/3 cups flour
1 well beaten egg yolk for glazing
Raisins and pieces of nut for decoration
Mix yeast together with 1 tablespoon sugar and the warm water
In a saucepan heat gently milk, butter and sugar, leave to cool
Add the flour to a large bowl and after making a hole in the center pour in the blended yeast, gently mix together, cover and allow to rise for about 20 minutes
Add milk and butter mixture to flour, mix thoroughly, knead into until well combined and smooth, roll into ball, sprinkle with flour and leave to rise for 45 minutes.
Flatten out dough, divide into 10 pieces. There are special baking forms, but the majority of “Weckmann bakers” still enjoy shaping the rounded bread man by hand.
Place the Weckmaenner on greased or baking paper covered baking tray, allowing enough space in-between each one to allow for spreading and leave to rise for another 20 to 45 minutes.
Brush with beaten egg yolk, and add raisins, (it is a good idea to soak them in water for a few minutes before hand so they don’t harden or burn), for the eyes and down the body section for ‘buttons’ use three or four raisins or pieces of nut.
Place in a preheated oven and bake at 325 to 350 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown. A German Weckmann either carries a small clay pipe or has one in his mouth, however the figure was first meant to represent a Bishop,which why in English it is sometimes known as ‘Bishop’s Bread’, but it seems that sometime in the past the bishop holding a crosier in his hand became instead a “bread man” form with a pipe. This, if turned upside down, does look like a bishops staff.
Nevertheless, as small clay pipes are hard to find, this is a recipe for a non-smoking Weckmann.
Recipe courtesy of http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art26434.asp