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Recipe for Mannalas – Alsatian Brioches

The traditional recipe of “Mannalas”

In Alsace, on December 6th, Saint Nicholas visits the children. His mission: like Santa Claus, he rewards well behaved children with sweets, oranges or clementines and Mannalas – small buns in the shape of miniature men made especially for the occasion. To enjoy with your brioche, we suggest our Gewurztraminer Réserve. This generous wine, with notes of exotic fruits and spices, is a perfect match for the rich and airy brioche.

1 h 15 min
6 people


  • 2 whole eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 500 g flour
  • 200 g milk
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 25 g baking powder
  • chocolate chips, pine nuts…
  • salt


Preparation 55 min
Cooking time 20 min
Resting time 1 h 10 min
  1. In a saucepan, warm up half of the milk. Pour it into a bowl.
  2. Mix the yeast in this milk. and pour 100 g of flour in it. mix in order to obtain a homogeneous preparation.
  3. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let the dough rise for 20 minutes.
  4. In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, add the remaining milk, the caster sugar and a pinch of salt.
  5. Pour the preparations into the bowl of a food processor and mix (you can also do it by hand).
  6. Add the whole eggs and the remaining flour.
  7. Knead the dough vigorously for 15 minutes. Cover the bowl with the cloth and let the dough rise for 30 min.
  8. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and form small cylinders of 3 cm in diameter and 15 cm long.
  9. Cut these pieces of dough with scissors to form the head, arms and legs.
  10. Preheat the oven to th. 6 (180°C).
  11. Place the mannalas on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and, using a brush, brown them with the egg yolk.
  12. Place the chocolate chips on the heads to form the eyes and the pine nuts on the body.
  13. Let rise for 20 min. and bake for about 15-20 min.



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