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German Stollen Recipe

German Stollen Recipe

My family and friends agree that the holidays just wouldn't be the same without this traditional bread.—Valeria Mauik, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, soak raisins, fruit and currants in apple juice for 1 hour; drain and set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add the eggs, grated peels and extract; beat until smooth. Stir in the almond, fruit mixture and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 4. Punch dough down; divide in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 12-in. x 8-in. oval. Fold one of the long sides over to within 1 in. of the opposite side; press edges lightly to seal. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 5. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Dust with confectioners' sugar or combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over loaves. Yield: 2 loaves (14 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 214 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 155 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.