Total TimePrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
I grew up eating real German stollen that my grandpa gave to all his kids every Christmas. Even as a child, I loved this special treat. When TOH printed this recipe in 1993, I made it & was ecstatic to, again, have my grandpa's Christmas treat to enjoy! Tastes exactly as I remember it. My mom & aunts had told me that their mother made stollen every year &, after she died, my grandpa had tried the stollen from several German bakeries before finding the one that was like my grandma's. Since both of them were German immigrants, I have to believe this is as close to the "real thing" as we'll find in the US! I don't change a thing in the recipe other than adding a drizzle of vanilla glaze on top when it's cooled because the stollen that I remember had that. Merry Christmas!
Make it every year for my special friends. I love it and so do they - can't wait 'til Christmas again to make it and EAT it. I Always cook it for 40 minutes at 375 - if I don't I run the risk of it not being fully cooked - goo in the middle - Since I live in San Antonio, I often use pecans instead of almonds and I add a teaspoon of vanilla and lemon and almond extract to dough.