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A Guest Post, Mannele- Alsace Christmas Cookies

 

I have mentioned before (on more than one occasion) that I am a Air bnb host. One of the great things about doing this is the people I meet. One of my guests who lives in France happens to be a food blogger and EXTREMELY talented animator.  Ariana and her partner/friend Lucie have the beautiful blog Cosmic Tomatoes between these two very talented ladies we are presented with delicious recipes and brilliant animated art work. I was so happy to meet and get to know her while she stayed with me, she said that their collaboration is a happy marriage of art and food, Ariana is the artist and Lucie the recipe developer. The yeasted Holiday cookie is a Christmas tradition in the Alsace region of France, Mannele/Mannala is probably much like the cut out sugar cookies here in the US or the ever popular gingerbread people.  I hope you enjoy this guest post from our friends and neighbors in France. I follow Ariana’s blog she is also on Pinterest, FacebookInstagram and I am loving the Advent calendar they are working on. Show Ariana some love and give both Ariana and Lucie a warm welcome. Take it away Ariana….

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In Alsace starting from December 6th this brioche-man is offered to children by men disguised as Saint Nicholas. This is in fact a simplified representation of Saint Nicolas that can be found in all Alsatian bakeries during the holidays …

ingredients

. 1 kg flour
. 20 g salt
. 150g sugar
. 40 g yeast
. 2 eggs
. 45 cl milk
. 250 g butter

. 2 egg yolk
. chocolate chips or raisins

1/ Mix flour, salt, sugar, yeast, milk and eggs.

2/ Beat for 5 minutes at low speed, then the second speed for 6-8 minutes until you get an elastic dough.

3/ Add the butter and start kneading until it is incorporated.

4 / Let the dough rest for 1 hour in ambient air, covered with a plastic film.

5/ Separate pieces of 70g from the dough and shape little men (or any other creature you wish to). Let them rest for another hour.

6 / Cover the Manneles with eggs yolks and decorate them with chocolate chips or raisins.

7 / Bake at 180 ° C for about 15 minutes.

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70 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a lovely work out up by both of them together. I am in love with the animation of the recipe! Fantatsic!! These cookies sound delicious and enjoyed reading short note about these brioche cookie men! 😊

    December 14, 2015
    • Isn’t it great, both the recipe and the animation. They are both very talented and equally as nice. Thanks Sonal.

      December 14, 2015
  2. I love the animated drawings – so cool! I didn’t know you did Air bandb Suzanne… Something to bear in mind if we visit New York. 🙂

    December 14, 2015
    • Yes. I have been an air bnb host since April I think. It’s great fun and I have met some wonderful people.If you do ever come to NYC please stay with me. Would love that and thank you.

      December 14, 2015
  3. Cool beans my friend-love it!

    December 14, 2015
  4. Thank you very much for your kind words ! I hope you will enjoy this recipe.

    Lucie.

    December 14, 2015
    • Merci beaucoup Lucie, one day maybe we will meet also. I love your blog the recipes and art are wonderful!!

      December 14, 2015
  5. We love using Airbnb when we travel, it really is a wonderful way to meet people in a new city. Ariana, what wonderful animations to show the baking process! Yeast cookies are very unique to me as most of the holiday baking I do involves self rising cookies. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    December 14, 2015
    • Thanks Heather, I love the animation and also a brioche like cookie or pastry sounds really delicious to me.

      December 14, 2015
  6. I love this post, especially the animation. What fun! I have visited Alsace Loraine several times and it is one of my favorite spots on this planet. The local food is over the top and it has the best restaurants and wineries.
    Thank you Suzanne, for sharing and I hope to stay with you next year, I’m sorry that it didn’t work out this year.

    December 14, 2015
    • I have never been to the Alsace region but would love to visit. I read about it and have seen photo’s it looks and sounds wonderful. Gerlinde, next year I hope to meet you. Thank you so much.

      December 14, 2015
  7. What a delightful post, Suzanne! You must have had a fantastic time meeting Ariana and Lucie. Their blog is uber-cute! And I love the title Cosmic Tomatoes. How fun. 😀 Mega hugs all around.

    December 14, 2015
    • The blog is adorable and the animation is so so cute. It really is fun. Thanks so much!!

      December 14, 2015
  8. Hum … what a délicate pastry smell – Et les ” clémentines ” – en France, voilà qu’arrivent les clémentines de Corse, avec leurs feuilles toutes fraîches. Elle sont garanties ” non traitées ” et viennent de l’Ile de Beauté – au passage elles nous ont apporté des Saint Nicolas en pain d’épice de Dijon ( Burgundy ) ainsi que des sapins en pain d’épices aussi … et on ajoute leds déli ces d’Alsace-Lorraine … Bravo les gourmandes !

    December 14, 2015
  9. Such a great collaboration of talents! 🙂

    December 14, 2015
  10. I hope you have fun meeting all sorts of interesting people at your Airbnb. Thanks for letting us know about Cosmic Tomatoes. So cute all their illustrations that move around. I’m now following their adorable blog (through Feedly) in the French version (!!!) so that I get to practice my French 😀

    December 14, 2015
    • PS I havent been brave enough to write them a message in French yet. I speak way better then I write!!

      December 14, 2015
      • Neither do I. I speak and write pretty pretty badly

        December 14, 2015
    • I love their blog it is so cute!! My French is just terrible, I would not even try to say anything.i do have fun meeting people from all over the world.

      December 14, 2015
      • I was in NY last year, if I had known you do airbnb I would have contacted you and asked you! We stayed in one in Williamsburg. Mr H and I arrived in separate moments from separate cities. He arrived first and had to wait 3 hours to get the key. When I got there I realised I had looked up the address mildly wrong (I was just a few streets away, thank goodness) and my phone stopped working, I was tired, it was dark,… a bit of a bad moment, lol. I stopped a car with you girls to ask for the directions, and they were so kind to not just direct me to where I had to go but got me to hop in and they took me there 🙂 Arrival adventures…

        December 14, 2015
      • Wow that’s quite s story. Wait 3 hrs for keys that’s unacceptable. Would never do that to
        My guests. I like air bnb it’s a great way to both meet people and help with high cost of living in NYC!! If you come you must stay with me!!!

        December 14, 2015
    • Hi Sofia ! I just read your comment and i’m glad you get to practice your french on Cosmic tomatoes 😉 don’t be afraid to try to comment in french ! And for the others who doesn’t speak our language we translate all the recipes in english.

      Lucie from the Cosmic tomatoes team.

      December 15, 2015
  11. Delicious! What a treat and perfect with sparkling wine from Alsace! Cheers

    December 14, 2015
  12. Awww the animation is so cute! I stay at AirBnB all the time, if i ever have the chance to visit NYC, I hope I’ll be able to go visit you!

    December 14, 2015
    • If you are coming to NYC email me privately as far in advance as possible. Would love to have you stay with me.

      December 14, 2015
  13. How absolutely charming those little men are and the animation is darling, too! What fun you guys must have had!

    I hope you’ll share this on Throwback Thursday!! This week’s is a few posts back on my blog. 🙂

    December 14, 2015
    • I love the animation, it’s so creative!! They have a wondeful blog; Thanks so much. Oh I would love to share this on Throwback Thursday. Will head over.

      December 14, 2015
  14. The animation is wonderful and the brioche men are totes adorable.

    December 14, 2015
  15. Loving the GIF’s. And who can resist brioche?

    December 14, 2015
    • I cannot resist brioche and yes, the gif’s are wonderful. Thanks Johnny!!!

      December 14, 2015
  16. This is so cool! I love this combination, very exciting! What is an air bnb host?

    December 14, 2015
    • Hi Lynn; Thank you so much. I love their blog. Air bnb connects people who need a place to stay with people who have a place for them, If you have space in your home that you don’t use you list it on air bnb and travellers book the room like a hotel. You get paid for the time the person is there, set your price etc… I have been doing it about 6 months now and love it. Have met some wonderful people.

      December 14, 2015
      • wow cool! that is really cool!

        December 14, 2015
      • it’s a brilliant business plan and an excellent way to make money especially living in NYC where it’s really expensive. I am lucky I have room in my place that I don’t use. It works perfectly for me.

        December 14, 2015
  17. Wow, what a wonderful opportunity to meet people, and these two women had to have been so interesting. Their Christmas cookies are just adorable. It is a small world isn’t it? I’ll definitely be checking out their blog.

    December 14, 2015
    • I met Ariana, Lucie was with her but it was wonderful meeting her. I had someone come here from China who booked my room for her parents when they came to see her graduate from college and she knew my blog. It’s such a small world. Thanks Julie.

      December 14, 2015
  18. Thanks for the great introduction to Cosmic Tomatoes… perfect holiday cookie along with history AND absolutely adorable animation. So clever! Glad your having success with air bnb, what a wonderful way to meet people from all over!

    December 14, 2015
    • Thank you, I was very happy to meet Ariana and get to work with both she and Lucie on this guest post. I think the cookies are wonderful and a perfect Holiday treat.

      December 15, 2015
  19. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Awesome animations, love the recipe too.

    December 15, 2015
  20. I love it, this is amazing Suzanne! 🙂

    December 15, 2015
  21. Lovely post Suzanne…

    December 15, 2015
  22. Suzanne–these are adorable– the best of cookies and bread– would be perfect for Christmas breakfast with the grand-girls. thanks!

    December 15, 2015
  23. Looks delicious.. Guess u guys had fun working for this guest posy

    December 15, 2015
  24. What a beautiful post Suzanne, your Airbnb must sure introduce you to some amazing folks from around the world. What a wonderful opportunity to have been exposed to that part of France, I’ve made a note of it for future trips :). Love the animations, too cute!

    December 16, 2015
    • It does introduce me to some wonderful people, It really is fun. Thanks so much Loretta!!

      December 16, 2015
  25. OH my! Those cookies are adorable and I love that you actually met through airbnb. So cool. Those instruction illustrations are unbelievable and so so creative. Wow. What an impressive collaboration! All the best!

    December 16, 2015
  26. How talented these girls are Suzanne, how wonderful to be around such inspirational women. Love this post.

    December 16, 2015
    • Really wonderful Cheri, they are both very talented. I love meeting people that have the same interests as I do and finding out a bit about their creative process. Happy Holidays.

      December 17, 2015
  27. I enjoyed learning about this Christmas cookie tradition in France. It is always fun to see how everyone celebrates. The animation is a great combination with the recipe. How clever!

    December 17, 2015
    • We all have similar traditions with slight variations, I love learning about Christmas and other holidays from abroad. Thank you so much Shari.

      December 18, 2015
  28. How cool is that! Very talented ladies. I lo~ve the animation and also the Christmas cookies! I’m so glad you are enjoying the air bnb guests. 🙂

    December 17, 2015
    • Thank you, I just served breakfast to a lovely couple from Budapest. I love meeting people thank you so much Fae.

      December 18, 2015
  29. Going to have to mark this for next year as I am all Christmas cookie’d out this year…and it’s not even Christmas yet!

    December 20, 2015
    • Stick a fork in me I’m done, I wish. I still have baking to do. It’s a great recipe and next year if you make it let us know if you like. Merry Christmas Peter.

      December 20, 2015

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