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Krampus Bread
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Krampus Bread (Parklji)

Krampus Bread, or Parklji, is a beautiful Slovenian and European tradition. Each year, we bake little Krampus for our kids. The bread is soft and delicious.

Krampus Bread (Parklji)
Every year on December 6th, we celebrate Saint Nicolas. The tradition goes like this. Kids place their boots in front of the home, and if they behave well, they get a small present; if they do not, they get a thin wooden stick in the boot. We always got a little gift and a small wooden stick. The present in my childhood would always consist of oranges, chocolate Saint Nicolas figure, and Krampus bread. Krampus bread was always so delicious, milky, and soft. I adored it. Now, we bake the bread from scratch for our kids, who love it. So today, we’re sharing a little piece of our tradition, the Krampus bread recipe. I hope you will love it as much as we love making it for our loved ones.

Soft and delicious Krampus Bread (Parklji)

These are the top reasons why it's always a good thing to make Krampus bread at home:

  • very soft and flavorful bread
  • an excellent homemade Saint Nicolas gift
  • for this recipe, you will only need easily accessible ingredients
  • feel free to make them ahead and freeze them for later
  • optionally shaped in two ways

Krampus Bread (Parklji)

Krampus Bread (Parklji)


Shape the Krampus Bread in two ways.

Feel free to use a sharp knife to shape Krampus bread or use a gingerbread man cookie cutter for easier cutting. You would still have to cut out the head, but at least the shaping will be easier.

Optionally, make the Krampus Bread (Parklji) without the egg. In that case, use 50 ml more liquid (water or milk).

Krampus Bread (Parklji)

Krampus Bread (Parklji)

Storing and freezing

Feel free to store the Krampus Bread in two ways.

Feel free to keep it in a bread bag at room temperature for 2 days. The bread is softest the same day; however, it will be just as delicious the next day.

Feel free to freeze the Krampus bread ahead. Store the baked and cooled bread in a freezer bag. Place in the freezer for up to a month.

How to make Krampus Bread at home (video)

Check this quick recipe for the Krampus Bread (Parklji) at home.



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Lets get cooking!

  • makes
    krampus bread (6x80g)
  • preparation:
  • proofing:
    hour 30 minutes
  • baking:
  • total time:
    minutes (+proofing)


  • dough and proofing

    Add all dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, and salt) to a large bowl or stand mixer bowl. Pour in the lukewarm milk and add an egg. Knead into a smooth dough using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment or a hand-held mixer with two dough hooks—Knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is soft and elastic. Add the cold butter, cut it into cubes, and knead until the butter is incorporated. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or clingfilm and leave it to proof at room temperature for 45 minutes.

  • shaping and second proofing

    Divide the dough into four parts. Lightly dust your working surface and shape each piece of dough into a ball. Set aside for 10 minutes. Roll each ball into a 20 cm x 10 cm (8-inch x 4-inch) rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut out the Krampus and lightly stretch it with your fingers—place it on a parchment-paper-lined large baking sheet. Using the leftover dough, shape it into two balls and repeat the shaping process. Make a small challah or bread roll if you have any additional leftovers. Cover the baking sheet with a kitchen towel or clingfilm. Leave the dough to proof at room temperature for 45 - 60 minutes or until visibly risen. Cut the large raisins in half. Add the raisins into a small bowl and cover them with 100ml (1/2 cup) of boiling water. Set aside until needed. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 190 °C / 375 °F.

  • bake

    When the Krampus bread is risen, evenly brush it with milk. Press the raisins into the dough to get two eyes and two buttons. Using scissors make a small incision to make the mouth. Place in the oven and bake for 17 - 20 minutes at 190 °C / 375 °F or until golden-brown.


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