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Catholic Recipe: Klauskerl


  • 1 package active dry, or cake, yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup warm milk


Yield: 1 St. Nicholas Doughman

Prep Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: • • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:15+

Origin: Germany


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Also Called: St. Nicholas Doughman


Dissolve yeast in water. Stir in 1/2 cup flour; mix thoroughly. Let rise in covered bowl.

Sift 2-1/2 cups flour into bowl; make "well" in center; put dough in it. Add 1 egg, sugar, salt, butter, milk. Knead until dough starts to blister. Dust dough with flour; cover; let rise to double thickness.

Punch to 1/4-inch thickness and cut pieces in shape of body, head, arms, legs. Assemble to form "St. Nicholas doughman;" cover; let rise.

Make face, using raisins, slivers of almond, currants, etc. Brush with milk, beaten egg. Bake at 375┬║ F. until golden brown.

Recipe Source: Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965