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This rich German Christmas bread is filled with rum-soaked fruits and wrapped around an almond paste center.

Ingredients

1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup currants
3 Tbsp. rum
3 cups white flour
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. dried yeast mixed with 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup chopped candied citron
1/2 cup almonds, chopped

For the almond filling:
3/4 cup finely ground almonds
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 egg, lightly beaten

Stollen- German Christmas Bread

Stollen- German Christmas Bread

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 200° C. Put the golden raisins and currants in a small bowl. Warm the rum in a small pan, pour it over the fruits, and leave to one side to allow the alcohol to soak into the fruits.

2. Mix the flour, sugar, and spices, pour in the yeasty milk, and make a batter. Cover with a dry dishcloth and leave in a warm place for half an hour. Then add the butter and egg.

Raisins & Currants for Stollen Recipe

Raisins & Currants for Stollen Recipe

The first step to making this rich German bread is to put the golden raisins and currants in a small bowl. Warm the rum in a small pan, pour it over the fruits, and leave to one side to allow the alcohol to soak into the fruits.

Mixing German Christmas Bread Dough

Mixing German Christmas Bread Dough

Melted butter and eggs are added to the milk, flour, sugar and spices to make dough for a German Stollen.

3. Mix into a dough, knead for 8–10 minutes, rest for 1–2 hours, or until doubled in size. Mix the filling ingredients into a paste. Knead all the fruits and nuts into the dough.

4. Roll the dough into an oval shape. Form the paste into a long roll, put it in the center.

5. Fold the dough over the paste, brush the edges with milk, rest for 40–60 minutes, and bake for 30 minutes. The loaf is baked if it sounds hollow when tapped on the base. As you let it cool on a wire rack, brush the top with melted butter, and then dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving it.

Knead All Fruits and Nuts Into Dough

Knead All Fruits and Nuts Into Dough

Spread fruit and nuts on dough, then knead. Once done, let dough rest. It should double in size.

Roll Out Stollen Dough

Roll Out Stollen Dough

Roll out dough into an oval shape. Form the paste into a long roll and place in center of dough. Fold the dough over the paste and then brush the edges with milk. Let the dough rest before baking

Traditional Stollen German Christmas Bread

Traditional Stollen German Christmas Bread

Stollen, a traditional German Christmas bread, consists of rum soaked fruit wrapped around a marzipan center, symbolizing the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes.

 


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