Cookbook:Grotten Hans (Steamed Sweet Bread)

Grotten Hans (Steamed Sweet Bread)
CategoryBread recipes
Time2 hours 30 minutes

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Grotten hans is a recipe that has been called a big dumpling but is basically a steamed pudding. The recipe was traditional in the German areas of Russia.[1]





Raisin sauce



  1. Cream together lard, sugar and salt. Mix in eggs.
  2. Combine flour and baking powder. Add this flour mixture to the lard mixture alternatively with the milk. Mix well.
  3. Pour batter into a well-greased 2-pound coffee can or other heat-safe mold. A piece parchment paper on the bottom of the can works well to prevent sticking. Cover with foil, and tie this on with a string.
  4. Set this tin into a large pot of hot water a few inches (~3) deep. Let steam for 2 hours.
  5. Mix raisins, water, lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar in a saucepan. Simmer for 1 hour. Mix in a bit or cornstarch, and cook until thickened.
  6. Unmold the grotten hans, and serve with the sauce.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • The old way to cook this involved boiling in a cloth: Dip a towel in hot water, then cold water, then sprinkle with flour. Pour dumpling batter onto towel and tie up. Drop into boiling water and cook for 2 hours.
  • Cherry sauce is nice also.


  1. NDSU Recipe Index