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Stollen - Christmas Bread

Rahul.Chef.and.Writer's picture
Stollen is a loaf-shaped cake with dried fruit and marzipan. Stollen is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices.It is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season, fantastic addition to any Christmas dinner.
Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Warm milk 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Egg 1 Large
  White sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Butter 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), softened
  Bread flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Currants 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Sultana raisins 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Red candied cherries 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), quartered
  Diced candied citron 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Marzipan 6 Ounce
  Confectioner's sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the egg, white sugar, salt, butter, and 2 cups bread flour; beat well.
3. Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has begun to pull together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead in the currants, raisins, dried cherries, and citrus peel. Continue kneading until smooth, about 8 minutes.
4. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

MAKING
5. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
6. Roll the marzipan into a rope and place it in the center of the dough. Fold the dough over to cover it; pinch the seams together to seal.
7. Place the loaf, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet.
8. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.

FINALISING
9. In a preheated oven bake the dough at 175 degrees centigrade for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 150 degrees centigrade, and bake for a further 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
10Allow loaf to cool on a wire rack. Dust the cooled loaf with confectioners' sugar, and sprinkle with the cinnamon.

SERVING
11. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
German
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Crispy
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Occasion: 
Christmas
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
3
Story
Stollen, is a bread that we at hotel specially make apart from the usual breads. Stollen has a significant and a very traditional feel to it. It is a well loved bread both by the guest as well as the chefs.
Subtitle: 
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Meaty's picture
Thats a nice recipe...will surely try out during this festive season