Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
My mother-in-law gave me this awesome recipe for a sweat bread treat. My husband used to eat a whole one with milk when he was studying in college. It sounds like it is very time consuming, but the work is a little bit here, and a little bit there. It fits in well with a busy, at-home schedule . . when you are cleaning, doing laundry, or just hanging out. My family enjoys this any time of the day. This recipe makes two. I icing one up, and freeze the other for later. When you are ready, take the stolen out and set on countertop overnight. Icing it up and enjoy.
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 (1/4 ounce) packet dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Melt 1/2 Cup of butter in 1/2 cup milk. Let cool till lukewarm.
- Dissolve 1 packet of rapid rise yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir into yeast mixture 1/4 C sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 egg slightly beaten.
- Add milk and butter mixture to yeast mixture.
- Stir in 3 /12 - 4 1/2 cups flour. You'll know when you have enough flour because the bread mixture isn't sticky any more and the sides of the mixing bowl are clean.
- Set aside and let rise until doubled (about 1 hour). If your kitchen isn't warm, you can pre-heat the oven to warm. Turn the oven off and set the bowl inside.
- COCOA MIXTURE:.
- Combine 1/2 C sugar, 2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa, and 1 cup of ground almonds.
- Add milk until spreading consistency. Not too thin. Sticky and spreadable.
- PREPARE STOLEN.
- Punch down dough and split into halves.
- Roll dough into rectangle and place on large baking sheet.
- Spread inside mixture down middle of rectangle.
- Fold right side over cocoa mixture. Fold the left side over the top (overlap).
- Let rise 30-45 minutes.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
- 1 Cup of Powdered Sugar.
- 1 t Almond Extract.
- Add milk until spreading consistency.
- This recipe makes two German Stolens. Icing one, and freeze the other for later yummies.