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 !
Recipe from HERE
Yield 2 loaves
800 g flour
350 ml warm milk
20 g active dry yeast
150 g sugar
350 g butter (softened)
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
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 .
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