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Christmas Stollen

Christmas Stollen


Every Christmas my mom and I bake this special sweet bread. It is our family tradition. It is great for breakfast or as a gift. It is truly a master piece.

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 120

Cook Time : 40

Total Time : 160


Serves 12

  • 250ml milk

  • 50g fresh yeast

  • 70g sugar

  • 500g all-purpose flour

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 180g butter, melted cooled

  • 2tablespoons rum

  • 250g mixed dried fruit, small pieces (apricots,raisins,cherry,cranberry...)

  • 100g candied fruit (orange,lemon,cherry...)

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground aniseed

  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 100g slivered almonds

  • 1 orange, zest of

  • 1 lemon, zest of


  • 01

    In a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.

  • 02

    In a large bowl put sugar, flour, egg yolks, butter rum add yeast mixture and using a wooden spoon stir all ingredients together.

  • 03

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hands until comes together than add dry fruit (chopped into small pieces), candied fruit, anise, nutmeg, almonds and zests.

  • 04

    Knead until you have moderately stiff and smooth dough. About 8-10 minutes.

  • 05

    Shape into a ball. Place into greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover with plastic wrap.

  • 06

    Let it rise in a warm place until double in size about 1 1/2 hours.

  • 07

    After that punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.

  • 08

    Roll out into rectangle 4cm thick and then fold the long side over by half and other side over the first half (like business letter).

  • 09

    Carefully transfer the dough to the baking sheet. Let it rest for 20 minutes covered with towel.

  • 10

    Preheat oven to 180°C

  • 11

    Bake until golden brown about 30-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.

  • 12

    While still hot brush with melted butter and sift a lot of icing sugar over the top.



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