Christmas Stollen

"Every Christmas my mom and I bake this special sweet bread. It is our family tradition. It is great for breakfast or as a gift. It is truly a master piece."
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Ready In:
2hrs 40mins




  • In a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.
  • In a large bowl put sugar, flour, egg yolks, butter rum add yeast mixture and using a wooden spoon stir all ingredients together.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hands until comes together than add dry fruit (chopped into small pieces), candied fruit, anise, nutmeg, almonds and zests.
  • Knead until you have moderately stiff and smooth dough. About 8-10 minutes.
  • Shape into a ball. Place into greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let it rise in a warm place until double in size about 1 1/2 hours.
  • After that punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll out into rectangle 4cm thick and then fold the long side over by half and other side over the first half (like business letter).
  • Carefully transfer the dough to the baking sheet. Let it rest for 20 minutes covered with towel.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Bake until golden brown about 30-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  • While still hot brush with melted butter and sift a lot of icing sugar over the top.

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  1. Bjthurn
    This does not convert correctly from metric to US. I hope you can correct this. Thank you.
  2. loof751
    This is a wonderful, wonderful recipe! Enjoyable to make, not really all that difficult and fantastic results. I only had active dry yeast and used 2 packets (.25 oz each) and this worked perfectly for me. The dough was so easy to work with, smelled heavenly while cooking, and produced a beautiful (and huge!) loaf of delicious bread. Thanks so much for sharing your family recipe!


  1. wb_web
    it's not true stollen without marzipan inside it.



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