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Grandma Baker's Christmas Stollen

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Yield: 2 loaves

This recipe for stollen (German Christmas Bread) came down through my husband's family from his Grandma Baker, who probably had it handed down to her from her German ancestors.

In our family, while I tend to other Christmas chores, my husband bakes these Christmas stollens, which we contribute to local church fairs and to our friends and neighbors. -- Dorothy L. Church, Dover, New Hampshire

Ingredients:

  • Bread:
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (3 packages) dry yeast
  • 11 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup golden raisins, plumped
  • 1/2 cup candied fruits, plumped
  • 1/2 pound ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Topping:
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Scald the milk. Add sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Add yeast and 6 cups of the flour; mix well. Cover; let rise until double in volume. Cut the butter into the remaining 5 cups of flour, then add eggs, fruit, nuts, lemon rind, and spices. Combine both flour mixtures; mix to a soft dough. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Let dough rise in a greased bowl until doubled in bulk. Butter top of dough and cover. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Punch down the dough, divide it into five portions, and shape the pieces into plain or braided loaves. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over the loaves. Bake 20 to 25 minutes for braided loaves, 40 to 45 minutes in loaf pans.
Updated Wednesday, November 6th, 2002
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One Response to Grandma Baker’s Christmas Stollen

  1. Anonymous December 16, 2006 at 10:22 pm #

    Stollen is a wonderful bread and is a favorite in our family.

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