Stollen (German Christmas Bread)

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READY IN: 7hrs
YIELD: 5 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Scald milk and cool to lukewarm.
  • Dissolve yeast in water for 10 minutes; add to milk.
  • Add 6 cups flour sifted with salt to make a soft batter.
  • Let raise until double in bulk.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups butter, sugar, egg yolks, lemon rind and brandy; mix thoroughly.
  • Add 4 cups flour slowly, working in until the mixture loosens from the bowl.
  • Now knead in the fruits and nuts, working in well.
  • Divide mixture in five parts.
  • Shape into loaves and place in greased pans.
  • Make two rows of slashes across top of loaves.
  • Let rise to double length in size.
  • Bake 1 hour in 350 degree oven.
  • After removing bread from oven and it has partially cooled, spoon over 1 cup melted butter, let it soak into the bread.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Put in cool storage for 2 or 3 days to mellow.
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