Reminiscing in these days I found many recipes online for Weckmänner, but in the end went with a slightly altered version of this one (Link in German!). Here is what went into my Weckmänner:
500g strong white flour
42g fresh yeast
8g vanilla sugar
72g caster sugar
200ml luke warm milk
100g melted butter
Then I sieved the flour into a large bowl. With my hand I pressed a dent into the flour deep enough to hold the milk-yeast-sugar mixture and poured it inside. I covered the mixture lightly with some flour from the side, but did not mix it together. Instead I placed the bowl in a warm place (I just did the microwave trick again I spoke about here) and let it sit there for around ten minutes.
Meanwhile I melted the butter and split the eggs (keeping both yolk and white!). After ten minutes I added the butter, the egg yolks and a pinch of salt to the bowl and mixed everything together until a nice and smooth dough formed. Again I placed the bowl in the warm place, this time to let the mixed dough rest for 30 minutes. As soon as the time was up I placed the dough ball on a lightly floured work surface and kneaded it for 3-5minutes. Then I covered it with a kitchen towel to let it rest again until it doubled in size (that took around 50min in my house, which is not too warm). Once the dough had rested long enough I punched the air back out and cut it into six equal portions.
I formed each portion into an about 10cm long roll and then shaped it into the “Weckmann” form. I made to little cuts approx. 2 cm from the top and squeezed the dough together to form the head and the neck. Then I placed a 2cm long cut in the middle of the bottom part to form the two legs. Finally I made two cuts along the side of the roll to create the arms. It takes a bit of kneading and moulding before the parts take shape.
Once the little men were formed, I pierced cuts into the dough for the eyes, nose and buttons along the body and placed pistachios and pumpkin seeds in them. The original version in Germany comes actually with raisin and a clay pipe, but I had neither in the house, so I went with nuts and seeds.
Now they only had to be paired with a dash of butter to make the perfect man.
This was Number 4 of my 12 baking adventures on The Bread List, for more recipes and adventures from my kitchen, check in next Monday.