Thursday, December 3, 2015

German Christmas Stollen




Another favourite of my family , Christollen . A traditional Christmas treat from our neighbour , Germany . A flavourful fruit bread  with sweet goodness from all the mixed colourful dried fruits  . I love enjoying this delicious bread with some butter for breakfast ..... simply devine !




Stollen
Recipe from HERE

Ingredients :
Yield 2 loaves

800 g flour
350 ml warm milk
20 g active dry yeast
150 g sugar
350 g butter (softened)
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 lemon (zest) I've used orange & lemon peel
220 g raisins / sultanas
80 g dried fruits (diced)
220 g almond flakes
For the Topping 
45 g melted butter
Confectioner sugar  / icing sugar for topping

Method: 

1) Dissolve yeast in warm milk . Set aside for 6 to 8 mins . Stir in 115g flour & mix well . Cover & place in a warm place  for 1 hour till mixture light & foamy .

2) In a large bowl, beat butter & sugar till creamy .  Add in eggs , lemon / orange zest (peel) & salt . Mix well . Gradually fold in flour alternate with yeast mixture till the dough comes together  . On a clean floured surface ,knead the dough for 6 to 8 mins till smooth .  Place in a large greased bowl & cover with a damp tea towel for 1 hour in a warm place till double in size .

3) Greased baking pan & set aside  . Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface & knead the dough for few mins . Then knead in raisins , dried fruits & almond flakes till well incorporated . Divide the dough in half & roll each half in to 38 cm x 20 cm oval shape . Fold one of the long sides as shown in photo below . Place both loaves on prepared baking pan , cover & let rise double in size for about 45 mins .



4) Preheat oven to 180°C & bake for 30 to 40 mins till golden brown . Cool on wire rack . Brush on the top surface with melted butter & drizzle icing sugar over the loaves . Enjoy


***Have you ever wonder why Stollen is always  in an oval shape ?   The reason is that the oval form represent baby Jesus in a swaddling cloths .






Linking this post to  Bake Along # 89 - Christmas Yeasted Bread  hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids & Lena from Frozen Wings .




Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate : Christmas 2015 event hosted by Bake For Happy Kids , Goody Foodies & The Domestic Goddess Wannabe .





8 comments:

  1. Hi Kit!!!
    Long time no see:) I've been away from the blogging world for a while and I think you were too for a while. Anyway, I see you are still sharing yummy beauties!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Kit...Stay well...

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  2. I love fruit breads. My mom always made them for our family when I was a kid. This Stollen looks delicious.

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  3. I too adore fruit breads! Your stollen looks fantastic, Kit.

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  4. I would love to try this recipe. Yours turned out nice. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  5. kit, i was hoping my stollen shape could turn out like yours that have that 'curve' shape at the centre but i didnt manage to get it. Lovely!

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  6. Hi Kit,
    Wish I could join you for a slice for breakfast! With a cup of kopi-O! Your stollen looks lovely!

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  7. Your Christmas stollen looks so pro!

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