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Holiday German Stollen

 Holiday German Stollen
I traditionally bake three of these flavorful favorites just before Thanksgiving to enjoy on Christmas and New Year's, too.
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 8-1/2 to 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar divided
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1-3/4 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract, optional
  • 1-1/2 cups slivered almonds
  • 1 cup each red candied cherries, candied lemon peel and candied orange peel
  • 1 cup raisins
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, yeast and salt.
  • In a saucepan, heat the milk and 1-1/2 cups butter to
  • 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until

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Holiday German Stollen (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • moistened. Beat in eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour
  • to form a soft dough. Add the almond extract, lemon peel and rum
  • extract if desired. Stir in the almonds, cherries, candied lemon and
  • orange peel and raisins (dough will be slightly sticky).
  • Turn onto a heavily floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic,
  • about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease
  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about
  • 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into
  • thirds. Roll each portion into a 15-in. x 8-in. oval. Melt remaining
  • butter. Brush each oval with 1 tablespoon butter and sprinkle with 2
  • teaspoons of the remaining sugar. Fold a long side of oval to within
  • 1/2 in. of the opposite side; press edges lightly to seal. Place in
  • parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheets. Curve ends
  • slightly. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with
  • remaining melted butter; remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over stollen. Yield: 3 loaves
  • (12 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 327 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 263 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.