Stollen (Christmas Fruit Bread)

    2 hours 45 minutes

    A delicious, traditonal German Christmas bread that is packed full of dried fruit, candied peel and almonds.

    12 people made this

    Makes: 1 loaf

    • 1 kg plain flour
    • 80g fresh yeast
    • pinch caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon warm milk
    • 375ml lukewarm milk
    • 250g butter
    • 200g raisins
    • 250g blanched almonds, chopped
    • 100g candied lemon peel
    • 100g candied orange peel
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
    • icing sugar for dusting

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Extra time:1hour15min rising  ›  Ready in:2hours45min 

    1. Place the flour in a large bowl and crumble the yeast over it. Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar and add a tablespoon of warm milk. Cover and let rest 15 minutes.
    2. Heat the butter and milk in a saucepan over low heat till melted.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture, milk and butter mixture, salt, sugar and egg yolks. Mix until a soft dough forms. Cover bowl and let stand in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has risen to twice the original size.
    4. Shape dough into a loaf, then place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
    5. Bake in the oven at 190 degrees C for about 45 to 60 minutes.
    6. After baking spread with 2 tablespoons melted butter and dust with icing sugar while the loaf is still hot.
    7. Dust a surface with flour and turn out the dough. Add the candied peel and chopped almonds and knead into the dough. Add the raisins and knead in.

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    Excellent recipe. THe instructions and quantities are not exactly the same as those of the video, and I followed the video. Tasty, ridiculously easy and it yields two big loaves. I would say it is true it serves 15.  -  24 Dec 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)