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Old-Fashioned Stollen

 Old-Fashioned Stollen
Stollen is a traditional German Christmas yeast bread. The fruit-filled loaf topped with a confectioners' sugar icing and candied cherries has a shape resembling a giant Parker House roll.— Linda Hinners, Brookfield, Wisconsin
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup diced citron or mixed candied fruit and peel
  • 1/2 cup sliced candied cherries
  • Melted butter
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 teaspoons milk
  • Blanched whole almonds and additional candied fruit

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in warm water;
  • let stand for 5 minutes. Add the milk, butter, salt, cardamom, eggs,
  • egg yolks,remaining sugar and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir
  • in the raisins, citron, cherries and enough remaining flour to form
  • a soft dough.

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Old-Fashioned Stollen (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Turn out onto a lightly 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 doubled, about
  • 1-1/4 hours.
  • Punch down; divided into thirds. Roll each piece on a floured surface
  • into a 10-in. x 6-in. oval. Brush with melted butter. Fold one long
  • side over to within 1 in. of the opposite side. Press edges to seal.
  • Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with melted butter. Cover and
  • let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. For icing,
  • combine confectioners' sugar and milk; spread over cooled bread.
  • Decorate with almonds and fruit. Yield: 3 breads.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 172 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.