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“Grittibänz Zit”

“Grittibänz Zit”? It’s Swiss for “Grittibänz” time. “Grittibänz” is a Swiss advents tradition. It’s a man (or in our case a lady as well) made of sweet bread dough that we bake around the day of St. Niklas (“Samichaus”) on the 6th of December. If your too busy and living here you can just pop down to your local bakery and buy one. But for all of you, that don’t live in Switzerland, and want to give it a go…

© Mrs Twinkle

The Ingredients
500g flour
15g yeast
1tsp salt
60g butter
1tbsp sugar
3dl milk

almond slivers
coarse sugar
1 egg

Mix the ingredients to a dough and leave to rise.

After it has risen. Preheat the oven at 200°C. Form the dough to a sausages. Shape the neck by squeezing slightly the top quarter of the sausage. Make cuts for the arms and legs and decorate with raisins, cranberries, almonds and leftover dough. Brush with egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes.

As you can see, there are no end of possibilities to decorate your “Grittibänz…


…and for some reason our Grittibänz ended up looking more and more like…GRUFFALO’S!

© Mrs Twinkle




  1. So cute! I love Advent traditions, too. Our family has really enjoyed a book called “Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas” by Ann Voskamp. It is a beautiful meditation for the holiday!

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  2. In our home we are big fans of “The Grufallo”‘s stories… Through the years and once in a while we’ll snug on the coach and replay the DVDs. Your Grufallo’s are as adorable as the stories. Lovely post!

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  3. That’s brilliant ! I’d never heard of that tradition. Maybe it’s a northern Swiss thing, or simply that we don’t have any young children nearby to hear about it. Either way, thanks for sharing this with everyone. 🙂

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  4. They are very sweet – and what a fascinating insight into a Swiss tradition. In Belgium, it’s traditional to make large figures of speculoos biscuits – usually in the shape of St Nicholas – for the 6th of December. Interesting that other countries celebrate in ways that are different, yet recognisable

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  5. kristin@crumbstravel says

    Oooo! I’ll have to try this! Thank you for posting. I love following your blog. Life in Switzerland seems so idyllic. 🙂

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