Does anyone really like mince pies? Or do we simply eat them because of a sense of tradition around the Christmas season? If the usual festive treats aren’t your thing, check out this fantastic baking tutorial paying tribute to Krampus, the Christmas devil.
Strudel & Cream aka Alexandra is from Austria – making the legendary Krampus part of her countries folklore and seasonal traditions. The beast is often portrayed as an evil counterpart to Santa Claus, and carries chains and whips to punish naughty children. In some tales, he carried a large basket to drag bad children to hell, leaving coal in their place.
Alexandra’s recipe however, makes the terrifying entity look rather cuddly and adorable. She gives instructions on how to prepare Krampus themed Zopf or Züpfe. Zopf is a type of Swiss, Austrian or Bavarian bread made from white flour, milk, eggs, butter and yeast. The dough is brushed with egg yolk before baking, lending it its golden crust. It is baked in the form of a plait and traditionally eaten on Sunday mornings.
You can find the full recipe here, if eating the head of a demonic beast sounds like your thing.