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Holiday German Stollen

I traditionally bake three of these flavorful favorites just before Thanksgiving to enjoy on Christmas and New Year's, too. —Christin Dupee, Geigertown, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 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 2% milk
  • 1-3/4 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 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 vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk


  • 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 moistened. Beat in eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Add the almond extract, lemon zest 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 15x8-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 on 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 327 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 263mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • mntmama
    Dec 28, 2008

    Can this recipe be devided by three and just make one loaf?