Stollen (Christmas Bread)
Cuisine: German
Author: Epicurus.com Kitchens
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 2 hours 45 mins
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 Cups milk
  • 2 envelopes yeast
  • 4 Cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Cups shortening
  • 3 eggs -or-
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 6 Cups flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 2 ounces Brandy
  • 1 pound raisins
  • 1/4 pound dried apricots
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 pound pecans or almonds
  • 1/2 pound citron
  • 3 pounds mixed glace fruits
  • 1/2 pound marrons glace (candied chestnuts)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 Cup flour
  • powdered sugar, for topping
Instructions
  1. Scald milk. Soak the envelopes of yeast in 1/2 Cup lukewarm water for ten minutes. Add milk, 4 Cups flour, 2 Tablespoons sugar, salt and make a sponge of these ingredients in a large bowl. Let rise until double in bulk.
  2. Cream shortening, eggs, 1 1/2 Cups sugar and brandy, and add to sponge mixture after rising.
  3. Mix in 6 Cups flour.
  4. Chop remaining ingredients and dust with 1 Cup flour.
  5. Knead after adding fruits and nuts. Let rise again until double in bulk.
  6. Punch down, divide into 6 parts; roll each into 1: round.
  7. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  8. Fold over as for a Parker-House roll. Rise until double in size.
  9. Bake at 325 deg F. for 45 minutes.
  10. Let cool and dust heavily with powdered sugar.
Recipe by Epicurus.com Recipes at https://www.epicurus.com/food/recipes/stollen-christmas-bread/1492/