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German Christmas Stollen

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Ingredients
  Milk 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), scalded
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Yeast 1⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)
  Unsifted all purpose flour 2 3⁄4 Cup (44 tbs)
  Ground cardamom 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Seedless raisins 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Citron 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
  Pecans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Butter/Margarine 1 Tablespoon, melted
Directions

To the scalded milk, stir in sugar, salt and butter.
Cool to lukewarm.
Measure warm water into a large, warm bowl.
Sprinkle or crumble in yeast; stir until dissolved.
Add lukewarm milk mixture, 2 cups of the flour and cardamom.
Beat until smooth.
Stir in remaining flour, raisins, citron and pecans.
Turn out on lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top.
Cover.
Let rise in a warm place, free from draft, until double in bulk, about 1 hour.
Roll dough into an oblong shape about 1/2-inch thick.
Brush with melted butter.
Fold in half lengthwise.
Place on greased baking sheet.
Cover.
Let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until double in bulk, about 45 minutes.
Bake in 350° oven about 40 minutes.
Ice with confectioners' sugar frosting.
CONFECTIONERS' SUGAR FROSTING 1 c.confectioners' sugar 1 to 2 T.hot milk or water In a small bowl, add milk or water gradually to sugar.
Blend until mixture is smooth; spread over stollen.
Decorate stollen with candied cherries and nuts if desired.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Interest: 
Holiday, Party

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