Stollen

I’ve made various stollens over the years but always come back to this recipe as it’s the stollen I recognise. I spent some of my childhood growing up in Berlin and remember the Christmases there with fond memories. Nothing compares to their Weihnachtsmarkts of which there is over 50 spread all over the city. The smell of the glühwein, gingerbread, bratwurts and kartoffelpuffer intermingled with the crisp, cold winter air and, if you were lucky, the odd fleck of snow.

There are two ways of making stollen; with yeast or without yeast. This version doesn’t contain yeast and is the type I prefer. Now don’t let various supermarkets make you believe stollen should be a pappy, sweet, air filled fruity bread. It isn’t. It should be dense, full of fruit with the majority of the sweetness coming from the marzipan and icing sugar coating. If you didn’t want to make a stollen the most authentic stollen you can buy in the UK is either from Aldi or Lidl, though be careful you don’t get waylaid by the lebkuchen and pfeffernüsse. Lethal for the waistline, yet delicious.

Stollen

250g plain white flour
¼ tsp salt
60g butter, softened
1½ tsp baking powder
100g caster sugar
few drops of vanilla extract
25ml dark rum
zest of 1 lemon
1½ tsp ground mixed spice
25g suet
65g currants
65g flaked almonds
20g mixed peel
125g creme fraiche
1 large egg, beaten
125g Marzipan (see below for marizpan recipe if you want to make it from scratch)

to finish:
15g melted butter
icing sugar

1) Preheat oven to 180oc. Rub flour, salt and butter together until it is the consistency of breadcrumbs.

2) Add baking powder, sugar, vanilla, rum, lemon zest, mixed spice, suet, dried fruits, almonds. Mix in the creme fraiche and egg to form a dough.

3) On a floured surface roll to form an oblong 15cm x 23cm x 2cm. Form the marzipan in a sausage shape and place in the middle. Fold dough over marzipan and seal.

4) Place on a baking sheet seam side down and bake for 25-30min.

5) Once cooked remove from the oven and place on a wire rack. Brush liberally with melted butter and dust with lots of icing sugar. Allow to cool.

6) Wrap tightly in foil. Keeps for 2-3 weeks. Personally I find the flavour and texture improves after a week.

Marzipan
(just be aware this is an uncooked marzipan and uses raw egg. In the stollen it is fine as it’ll be cooked, but like any other product that uses raw eggs take care who eats it when it is in its uncooked form)
Makes 1kg

225g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
500g ground almonds
1 large egg
3-4 tsp lemon juice
1) sift sugar and mix in almonds.
2) Beat egg well and add both the egg and the lemon juice to the dry ingredients. Beat into a firm paste and knead.
3) wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate when not being used.
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Posted on December 15, 2011, in baking, Bread, Cake and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I went to Berlin last year and absolutely loved it…your description of the Christmas markets brings all the sights and sounds flooding back. I also love stollen and will definitely be making some this holidays – maybe not in time for Christmas but in the period in between then and New Year. Yum!

  2. Brings back lovely memories of visiting Munich for the Christmas markets. Picked up a couple of bags of pfeffernüsse here the other day – they didn’t last long. Lovely picture of stollen.

  3. This has been a great read for me. I didn’t know that you could make yeasted or unyeasted Stollen so thank you for that! I just made some yeasted little stollen buns and didn’t include marzipan in mine as I am not a huge fan. Does making your own give it a moors subtle flavour?
    I am dying to try your version now using plain flour just to compare flavour & texture although I know I will struggle to keep it for a couple of weeks without sampling!

    • I’d say homemade marzipan is nowhere as sweet and has a nuttier taste unlike a lot of shop bought marzipan that I’m sure has almond flavouring in .

  4. Looks fantastic. Like others I hadn’t realised that both yeasted and unyeasted stollen were traditional, I thought the yeasted version was more traditional. Either way is good though!

    • I think the yeasted one is the original one, but the recipe has developed over the years and the unyeasted one represents the stollens of Berlin that I remember.

  5. Oh yum I love stollen! Have never made it and each year I forget to!

  6. ooo these posts look ace! Maybe for next year now for me though as quite behind on things already! Just popped over to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Much love xxx

  7. I have been wanting to make this for so long and your instructions are so easy to follow I may have a go now. Thanks!

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