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Christmas Stollen (German Sweet Bread) Recipe

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Skyler Crouch


For the dough:
10 oz white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon ground allspice
teaspoon ground gloves
1 oz superfine sugar
2 level tsp Instant yeast
1 tsp salt
5 oz whole milk, warmed
1 medium egg
teaspoon almond extract
2 oz butter, softened

For the filling:
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
2 T dark rum
3 oz dark raisins
3 oz golden raisins
3 oz dried cranberries
2 oz candied orange and lemon peel, diced
2 oz blanched whole almonds, roughly chopped
2 oz pistachios, roughly chopped

For the marzipan/ almond paste:
6 oz ground almonds
3.5 oz confectioners sugar
1.5 oz beaten egg
teaspoon almond extract

For the topping:
15g butter, melted
50g confectioners sugar

To decorate:
Confectioners sugar, for dusting

1. Measure the flour, cinnamon, ginger nutmeg, allspice, cloves and sugar into a large bowl. Add the yeast on one side of the bowl and the salt on the other. Beat the milk, egg, almond extract and butter together in a cup and pour over the dry ingredients.

2. Bring the mixture together to form a soft dough. Transfer to a generously floured work surface and knead for 6-7 minutes, until smooth and pliable.

3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap and leave to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour until doubled in size.

4.For the filling, place the black raisins, golden raisins, cranberries, candied oranges, lemon peel, and orange zest in a bowl. Heat the orange juice and rum in a small pan to just below boiling point, then pour over the fruit and mix well together. Leave to stand for 45 minutes to 1 hour while the dough rises.

5. For the marzipan/ almond paste, mix the ground almonds, extra fine sugar and confectioners sugar together in a bowl. Stir in the egg and almond extract. Knead in the bowl to form a stiff paste, but do not over- knead as this will make the paste oily.

6. Roll two thirds of the marzipan into a sausage approximately 26cm long. Wrap in cling wrap and chill. Wrap the remaining one third of marzipan in cling wrap and chill.

7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Add the almonds and pistachios to the soaked fruit mixture.

8. Flatten the dough out to a rectangle approximately 12x 8 inches and tip the soaked fruit (draining any excess soaking liquor if it has not been absorbed) on top of it. Roll the dough up encasing the fruit, then knead until all the fruit and nuts are incorporated.

9. Roll the dough into an oval approximately 12 x 9 inches and place the marzipan roll down the middle of the dough. Roll the dough up to encase the marzipan, sealing the ends and leaving the seam underneath.

10. Transfer to a lightly floured baking sheet and place in a proofing bag or over with lightly oiled cling film. Leave to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour until nearly doubled in size.

11. Heat the oven to 350F. Remove the stollen from the proofing bag and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden, risen and the underside sounds hollow when tapped. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

12. For the topping, brush the baked warm stollen with melted butter and dredge with confectioners sugar.

13. To decorate, lightly dust with confectioners sugar.

Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
35-40 min
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Marzipan can also be purchased pre-made at the store.




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