Grittibänz – Traditional Swiss Christmas Bread Man


500g flour
1 tsp salt
40g sugar
1 pack of vanilla sugar
15 g of fresh yeast crumbles
100 g butter, soft
150 ml of milk, lukewarm
120 g of sour cream

For shaping:

1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp milk, to brush
pearl sugar

Prep.time: 30 minutes and overnight
Cooking time: approx. 25-30 minutes
You’ll need: dough hook



  1. For the dough, mix flour salt, sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl.
  2. Add butter, sour cream and milk and knead into a soft, smooth dough.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
  4. The next day, preheat oven to 180 ° C.
  5. Form the dough as you like (I did Santa :)… can you tell;) , brush with the beaten egg wash, decorate with raisins and pearl sugar.
  6. Place Grittibänz on a sheet of baking paper, and bake until golden brown, ca. for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Remove and allow to cool on a grid.


Baked in partnership with Kenwood Switzerland


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