Christmas Stollen Bread
Christmas Stollen Bread


For the Dough:
1 cup lukewarm whole milk
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 cups Rogers Foods All Purpose Flour ***NOTE: Amount will vary depending on how much liquid is in your fruit/nut mixture. Be sure to drain any excess liquid. Add more flour as needed if dough is too wet.
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) , at room temperature so it's very soft
2 teaspoons quality pure vanilla extract
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 teaspoon ground mace (recommended but can substitute nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 ounces Homemade or store bought Marzipan/Almond Paste , divided in half
For the Fruits & Nuts:
9 ounces raisins (you may want to include some craisins or candied cherries)
3 ounces candied lemon peel , finely diced
3 ounces candied orange peel , finely diced
1 ounce candied cherries, diced
3 ounces blanched slivered or sliced almonds , finely chopped
1/3 cup quality dark rum
For the Glaze & Dusting:
1 stick unsalted butter , melted
Powdered sugar for generous dusting


1.Place the raisins, candied citrus peel and almonds in a medium bowl and pour the rum over, stirring to combine.  Set aside to allow the fruit to soak up the rum.

2.Stir yeast and 2 tablespoons of the sugar into the lukewarm milk and let sit in a warm place for 12-15 minutes until it begins to bubble.

3.Place flour, remaining sugar, egg, egg yolks, butter, vanilla extract, lemon zest, salt, cardamom, mace and cinnamon in the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit with a dough hook. 
4.Add in the yeast/milk mixture.  Stir then knead the dough on the bread setting for 7-8 minutes.  Remove the dough ball, lightly rub the bowl with some oil, return the dough ball, cover loosely with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place or lightly warmed oven. Allow to rise until it has nearly doubled in size, at least 1 hour (maybe closer to 2 hours depending on the temperature in your home).

5.Punch down the dough and add the soaked fruit/nut mixture to the dough (it should have absorbed all the rum by now but if there is excess liquid, pour it out before adding the mixture to the dough).  Using the dough hook, knead the fruit/nut mixture into the dough until combined.  If the dough is too wet to handle, add a little bit of flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  

6.Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and cut it in two equal halves.  Press or roll each piece into an oval to about 1 inch thickness.  Roll each piece of marzipan into a log the length of the oval.  Press the marzipan gently into the middle of the dough.  Fold the left side of the dough over to cover the marzipan, then fold right side over on top of the left side so that the edge of it sits just left of the middle of the stollen (see pics).  In other words, don't fold the right side all the way over to the left edge of the stollen.  Pinch and tuck the top and bottom ends of the stollen to cover the marzipan.  Use the bottom edge of your hand to press down along the length of the stollen towards the right of the center to create a divot and characteristic hump (see pics).  Place the stollen on a lined baking sheet.  Cover the stollen loosely with plastic wrap and let them rest in a warm place or lightly warmed oven for 40-60 minutes until puffy.  At that point you can pick off any raisins that are sticking out of the dough (they will burn during baking).  

7.Towards the end of the last rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake the stollen for 30-40 minutes or until golden.  You can use an instant read thermometer to aim for an internal temperature of 190 degrees F.  Let the Stollen sit for 5 minutes, then use a toothpick to poke holes all over the stollen (this will allow the butter to seep in), then generously brush the stollen with the melted butter while the stollen are still warm.  Immediately sprinkle with a generous amount of powdered sugar, rubbing it into the creases and down the sides.  Let the stollen cool completely.  You may want to give it another dusting of powdered sugar once cooled.

8.The stollen can be sliced and eaten now or wrap tighlty in plastic to ripen.
9.We love this recipe by The Daring Gourmet. Made a few tweeks but overall this is a great recipe!

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