Advent Calendar Day 5 – Krampus

Have you been naughty during the last year? Then the (devil-like) Krampus might visit you today (December 5th is Krampus-day in central Europe). He might carry you away in a jute bag or beat you with a birch rod.

In case you behaved well during the last year, I baked these Krampus from Zopf-dough for you, so that you at least get a glance of this creature. I left out the rod, so he will definitely not beat you :-).

In this case keep an eye out for St. Nicholas who now has every reason to visit your house in the night to tomorrow, St. Nicolas Day, and leave fruits, nuts or small presents for the well-behaved among us.

Any Zopf-recipe will work, this one is adapted from Cucina-casalinga. One of the Krampus shapes was inspired by Freude am Kochen.

Ingredients (for 6 Krampus):
500 g flour
20 g fresh yeast (half a cube)
50 g butter
250 ml milk
1 egg
75 g sugar (more if you like it sweeter)
a pinch of salt
1 egg & some milk for brushing
12 small raisins or dried cranberries for the eyes

1) Heat milk until lukewarm, add yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved.
2) Melt butter. Put flour into a bowl. Add yeast-milk, egg, melted butter and salt. Knead to a smooth dough. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm location. Let sit for approximately one hour.
3) Preheat oven to 200 ºC. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
4) Knead dough and split in 6 equal-sized pieces. Make 6 Krampus. Stir egg with a bit of milk and brush Krampus with it. For the eyes press raisins or cranberries onto the dough.
5) Bake in the middle of the oven at 200 ºC for 18-20 minutes, until they are golden.
6) Take out of oven and let cool completely.

Jedes Zopf-Rezept sollte funktionieren, dieses hier habe ich von Cucina-casalinga adaptiert. Freude am Kochen hat mich zu einer der Krampus-Gestalten inspiriert.

Zutaten (für 6 Krampusse)
500 g Mehl
20 g frische Hefe (halber Würfel)
250 ml Milch
50 g Butter
1 Ei
75 g Zucker (oder mehr für die Süssen unter uns)
Prise Salz
1 Ei & etwas Milch zum Bestreichen
12 kleine Rosinen oder getrocknete Cranberries für die Augen

1) Milch lauwarm erhitzen, Hefe einbröckeln, Zucker hinzufügen. Alles verrühren.
2) Butter schmelzen. Mehl in eine Schüssel geben. Hefemilch, Ei, geschmolzene Butter und Salz hinzugeben. Alles zu einem glatten Teig verkneten. Die Schüssel mit einem feuchten Tuch zudecken und den Teig an einem warmen Ort ca. 1 Stunde gehen lassen.
3) Das Backrohr auf 200 ºC vorheizen. Backbleche mit Backpapier auslegen.
4) Teig nochmals durchkneten und in 6 gleichgrosse Stücke teilen. 6 Krampusse formen. Ein Ei mit etwas Milch verquirlen und die Krampusse damit bestreichen. Rosinen oder Cranberries für die Augen andrücken.
5) Die Krampusse im Backrohr auf der mittleren Schiene bei 200 ºC 18-20 Minuten backen, bis sie goldbraun sind.
6) Die Krampusse aus dem Backofen nehmen und auskühlen lassen.

  1. hahahaha never heard of Krampus before:) But I those you make look sooo cutee!

  2. Krampus is a word from Vienna I think, but anyhow
    we do like this kind of Krampus verry mutch (-:)

    • Thank you. But in western Austria he is also called Krampus, right? The regional differences in names make always interesting discussions (as well as the different articles;-))…

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