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Homemade Stollen With Almonds

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  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Warm water 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs) (105 F To 115 F)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Eggs 3
  Egg yolk 1 (Reserve White)
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened
  All purpose flour 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)
  Chopped blanched almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Citron 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), cut up
  Candied cherries 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), cut up
  Raisins 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Grated lemon peel 1 Tablespoon
  Soft butter 2 Tablespoon
  White icing 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Blanched almonds 1 Tablespoon
  Citron pieces 1
  Candied cherry halves 1 Tablespoon

In large mixer bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
Add sugar, salt, eggs, egg yolk, 1/2 cup butter and 1 1/2 cups of the flour.
Blend 1/2 minute low speed, scraping bowl constantly.
Beat 10 minutes medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
Stir in remaining flour, 1/2 cup almonds, 1/4 cup each citron, cherries, raisins and the lemon peel.
Scrape batter from side of bowl.
Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 1 1/2 hours.
Stir down batter by beating 25 strokes.
Cover bowl tightly; refrigerate at least 8 hours.
Turn dough onto well-floured board; turn to coat with flour.
Divide dough in half.
Press each half into oval, about 10x7 inches.
Spread each with 3 tablespoons butter.
Fold lengthwise in half; press only folded edge firmly.
Place on greased baking sheet.
Beat reserved egg white slightly; beat in 1 tablespoon water and brush over stollen.
Let rise until double, 45 to 60 minutes.
Heat oven to 375°.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
While warm, frost with Quick White Icing; decorate with almond halves, pieces of citron and cherry halves to resemble poinsettias.
Or, if desired, dust with confectioners' sugar.

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Homemade Stollen With Almonds Recipe