When I was a small kid in Germany we used to have a parade with lanterns for St Nicholas and at the end we were given little 'Stutenkerle' made of a kind of bread dough. So now I am a mum myself and I tried to continue with this tradition. So I made these little 'Stutenkerle' for my family (and half a forest too). I also made a paper lantern for the table. It's just a paper sandwich bag which I cut little holes and stars into. Then I placed a glass with a tealight inside.
Here is the recipe for the 'Stutenkerle':
For the dough (makes 4 big santa men or a dozen smaller ones):
500 g plain white flour
7 g dried yeast
75 g Granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg (medium size)
1 egg white
150 ml milk
100 g butter
For the decoration:
raisins and white (peeled) almonds
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg yolk
Mix the flour with the yeast then add all the other ingredients (room temperature). Mix thoroughly. Then let the dough rest in a warm environment until it has doubled in size.
Mix the egg yolk with the milk and spread it evenly on the little men. Let the men rest for 20 more minutes and meanwhile start preheating the oven at 160 degrees. Bake for 20 min.