Christmas Stollen

This classic German fruit-studded yeast bread is distinguished by a rich sweet dough spiced with mace.

Christmas Stollen
Yield: 3 stollen (8 servings each) Prep 30 mins Rise 3 hrs Bake 350°F 35 mins

Ingredients

  • Stollen:
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 4 1/4 cups bread flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup candied fruit
  • 3/4 cup nuts, such as almonds, pecans and/or walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Make It

Stollen:

1. Heat milk, water and butter in small saucepan until 120 degrees F on instant-read thermometer.

2. Whisk 1 1/4 cups flour, the sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add warm milk mixture; beat on medium 2 minutes. Add egg and 1 cup flour; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until batter is stiff. Transfer to greased bowl; turn to coat. Cover with plastic; let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 1/2 hours.

3. Combine candied fruit, nuts, raisins, rinds and mace in bowl. Knead fruit mixture into dough.

4. Divide dough into thirds. On surface, roll third into oval, 10 x 8 inches. Fold in half lengthwise; curve each end slightly. Transfer each to greased baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Repeat with remaining dough.

5. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until bottom of stollen sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Let cool on rack.

Topping:

7. Brush loaves with melted butter. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Dust tops with the confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 219, Fat, total (g): 8, chol. (mg): 23, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 33, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 5, sodium (mg): 207, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.