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Dambedei figures are on sale in the bakeries in and around Karlsruhe from late October to Christmas. They are made from a sweet yeast dough in the shape of little men with legs and arms, two raisins as eyes, and larger ones also have raisins as buttons on their belly.

A Dambedei is said to originally be a good spirit who takes care of the house and its inhabitants, people and animals. There are several other explanations about the name, though, but none is really convincing.

Other regions know similar 'pastry men' that are sold in the pre-Christmas season, for example the Weckmänner in the Rhinelands around St Martin's Day.

If you buy one, eat him soon. They are best when fresh.

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  • Written Oct 31, 2011
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