Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Stollen Recipe

I'm going to be making Stollen this week. But instead of taking photos all over again, I'm going to re-post this entry from last year. And by the way, I was able to find crushed (ground) almonds far cheaper than regular almonds, and I use them to make the almond paste.

I'm warning you, this is a very fussy recipe, but definitely worth the time and effort.

So, repeated from last year:

'Doesn't this look delicious? It is. Way too delicious. And now I also know why it's called 'Stollen.' Because by the time you take the first bite of this delicious pastry, it has actually stolen a good five hours of your life! No kidding. It is the fussiest thing!

So why did I bother? Well, this is all the fault of Lorraine, Scott, and Matthew, who sent us a box of stollen.

It was amazing! We savored every single melt-in-your-mouth morsel and I knew right then that I had to learn how to make this stuff.

 Dried fruit, soaking in brandy

 The 'sponge' just before fermenting

 The dough ball

 Patted out and ready to apply the almond paste

 Shaped into a crescent, or in this case, a boomerang

The final product, sprinkled with powdered sugar and sliced

I must say that the kitchen smelled fantastic when the stollen was baking. And it does taste wonderful, although mine is no competition for the stollen that we received as a gift. I think they must sprinkle magic on it. Or maybe it just seemed better because it was a gift and I hadn't spent five hours monkeying around with a fussy recipe.

For those of you who would like to try your hand at this delightful treat, I'm sharing the recipe I found online:

Christmas StollenOkay, let's make that JANUARY STOLLEN.

The almond paste, which can be made ahead of time (otherwise this would be a six hour project!) and stored in the refrigerator to use within a week. (Actually, I had some I'd made and stored in the freezer):


10 oz dried blanched almonds (I actually used ground almonds that I found at Farm & Fleet for $1.99 a bag, contrasted with the much greater price of regular almonds.)
10 oz powdered sugar
5 oz granulated sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 cup water


Make a sugar syrup by placing the water, granulated sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Stir it to combine. Bring it to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes. Let it cool.

Place the almonds in a food processor and process them to a fine powder. Add the powdered sugar. With the food processor running, slowly add the sugar syrup until the mixture forms a paste.

Store the almond paste tightly covered. If you will be storing it for more than a week, store in the refrigerator. It also freezes well.

Now on to the Stollen itself:


    Makes 1 large or 2 small loaves. I doubled the following recipe to get two large loaves.

    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    4-5 teaspoons (or 2 packets) instant or active dry yeast

    2 cups dried fruit. I used a combination of dried blueberries, golden raisins, dried cherries, and dried apricots.

    1/2 cup Grand Marnier, brandy, rum, or schnapps
    1 tablespoon orange or lemon extract and/or grated lemon or orange rind

    2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon sugar
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 egg
    4 tablespoons butter, softened
    1/4 to 1/2 cups water
    1/2 cup almond slivers or marzipan (I used almond paste.)

    Butter or oil
    powdered sugar

Two hours before making the stollen, combine the dried fruit, brandy, and orange peel. Set aside.

Warm the milk to approximately 100 degrees. Mix the yeast into the milk and stir into the flour. Cover with plastic wrap and ferment for 1 hour until the sponge is very foamy.

When the sponge is ready, combine the remaining flour, salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the sponge, egg, softened butter, and enough water to form a soft but not sticky dough. Stir in the dried fruit mixture and knead in a mixer or by hand for 5 to 10 minutes. I needed to use additional flour so that it wouldn't be a sticky dough.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic or a damp towel, and set aside to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.

On a floured surface, shape the dough into something like a rectangle, either by rolling it out or pressing it with your hands.

Place the marzipan or slivered almonds (or almond paste) in the center of the loaf. Fold the dough closed and shape the loaf into something resembling a crescent.

Cover the loaf loosely with plastic and set it aside to rise for approximately an hour to an hour and a half. While it is rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

When fully risen (raised?), bake the stollen for approximately 20 minutes. Rotate it (I have no idea why this is necessary) and bake it until the internal temperature is approximately 190 degrees. That would be about 15 or 20 minutes. (Check after 15. I wish I had.)

Remove the stollen from the oven. While still hot, brush the top of the loaf with butter or vegetable oil and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Wrap and store out of sight, or I can almost promise that it will be gone before you've had a chance to share it with anyone!

And finally, this recipe was 'stolen' from the world wide web.

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Denise said...

Wow, looks great.

Midwest to Midlands said...

Lots of work but great results for you. I am sure it disappears fast.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Oh my gosh, I had forgotten about that little slice of Heaven! My mom would make it every year at Christmas and was so delicious! Thank you for the reminder, I just might have to take a day and make it.

Yenta Mary said...

Okay, who cares about showing up at work??? I'm going to get in the car and head on over to your house for stollen, one of my favorite treats. And my love for stollen goes up exponentially when you add marzipan to it! I'm happy to work for my share - knead dough, wash dishes. But I'm going to be fixated on that gorgeous picture now, and driven to distraction!

Unknown said...

I very much remember this post from last year! I think I'll see about meeting up with Yenta Mary and heading to your house with her!!!

Marti said...

My grandma always used to make stollen. No wonder she was cranky by the end of the day. It sure was delish! I will enjoy looking at yours.

Joyce said...

Hubs grandma (Oma) used to make this. He would love it but I'm not sure I can squeeze one more thing in!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

You know I don't think I have ever tasted Stollen. When I saw the picture I was thinking biscotti and I am not a fan of that.

Empty Nester said...

This would be so much better if you lived closer to me. LOL

Ruth Kelly said...

I've never had Stollen but would like to try it.

laurie said...

I love stollen,yours looks delicious!

Unknown said...

I'm going to pin this recipe on my Pinterest page once I go out in the sun room and get on my computer. Right now it's too chilly out there! Dang sun isn't up and running at 3:00 a.m. like I am right now. Looks good!

Mrs Happy Homemaker said...

This looks positively fantastic!

Unknown said...

I'm pretty good at making things like this! lots of hard work but so delicious and special in the end!

Judy S. said...

Beautiful! I certainly looks worth the work!

Kelli @ The Loss Cause said...

It looks so good! I will have to find some to try (then consider devoting 5 hours to it).

Rachel said...

That looks so good!! Now I'm hungry!!


Candace said...

That looks fantastic, Judy! A slice of that with a cup of coffee would be perfect!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness this looks so good Judy!!! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

Petra said...

one of my favorite holiday treats in the whole world, my mother made these every year for gifts, those of you who think its like biscotti your wrong, it is moist (with fruit and marzipan -almond paste) and so yummy, I found it at Cost plus world market but i really need to try this recipe one day!!


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