Stollen is a fruit bread containing dried fruit and often covered with powdered sugar or icing sugar. The bread is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German bread usually eaten during the Christmas season, when it is called Weihnachtsstollen (after “Weihnachten”) or Christstollen (after Christ).
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There are so many variations this stollen is made, some recipes has a marzipan stuffed inside the bread. But this version which i am showing you is easy to make and it taste amazing with a cup of coffee or tea. You can even use this bread to make french toast on the christmas morning. Leftover stollen makes a great bread pudding.
Hope you will give this a try and let em know how it turns out for you.
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Resting Time : 2 hours
Baking Time : 25 to 30 mins
Serves: 5 to 6
Warm Milk – 3/4 cup
Sugar – 3 tblspn
Dry Yeast – 2 tsp
All Purpose Flour / Maida – 2 cups + more as needed
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Butter – 4 tblspn melted
Dried fruits – 3/4 cup
Rum – 3 tblspn
Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp
Nutmeg Powder – 1/4 tsp
Cloves Powder – 1/4 tsp
Egg – 1
Confectioners Sugar / Icing Sugar – 1/4 cup for dusting on top
Dried Fruits Used:
(My 1 cup measures 240 ml)
Couple days before baking, soak dried fruits in rum.
Heat warm milk in a bowl, add sugar and mix well. Add in yeast and set aside for 5 mins so the yeast activates.
Now add in egg and whisk well.
Now take flour, salt in a bowl and whisk well.
Add in the soaked dried fruits and mix well.
Add the milk mix and melted butter and knead to a dough.
Cover and set aside for 1 hour.
Now punch back the air out and add the spice powders and knead well.
Now Shape it into log like and place it in a parchment lined baking pan.
Let it rise for 30 mins. During the last 10 mins of rising, preheat oven to 190 degree C / 375 degree F. oven.
Now brush the top with egg and bake for 25 to 30 mins in a 190 degree C / 375 degree F. oven.
Remove from oven and brush the top with melted butter. Once it is cooled enough, sprinkle top with confectioners sugar. Slice and serve.
|Couple days back, take dried fruits in a bowl|
|add rum or wine|
|mix well..set this aside for couple of days.|
|Take milk in a sauce pan and warm it slighly|
|sprinkle yeast over it|
|set aside for 5 mins till it activates|
|add in one egg|
|take butter in a pan and melt it out|
|take flour in a bowl|
|add some of the soaked dry fruits..the fruits are soaked in little rum|
|add the egg mix|
|add melted butter|
|mix to a dougg|
|now the dough is done|
|cover and set aside somewhere warm for 1 hour|
|now it is well risen|
|transfer the dough to a floured surface|
|sprinkle over spice powders|
|shape like this|
|fold like this|
|pinch the edges|
|fold like this|
|place the dough in a baking pan|
|let it rise for 30 mins or so..brush the top with beaten egg|
|bake till golden|
|brush the top with melted butter|
|dust with icing sugar|
|Slice and serve|