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Old-Fashioned Stollen Recipe

Old-Fashioned Stollen Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. YIELD:36 servings


  • 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 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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 slice: 172 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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LuT User ID: 6540320 258479
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2016

"I have made this several times as written. It is fantastic. This time I made 4 one pound loaves. Left the frosting off. My favorite way to eat the bread is toasted with butter only. The bread freezes well."

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