Stollen is an oval-shaped loaf, which tapers at each end. The bread symbolizes the blanket of the baby Jesus, and the colored fruits represent the gifts of the Magi.
The traditional version is packed with golden raisins, currants and mixed citrus peel and is usually spiced and enriched with eggs, butter and milk. This Stollen recipe utilizes the bread machine to make a very festive bread. You might also enjoy the conventional version of this recipe.
Makes: 1 Coffee Cake
Dough can be prepared in all-size bread machines.
Measure 1 egg, 1 egg yolk (reserve 1 egg white), butter, water, milk, almond extract, salt, bread flour, sugar, cardamom, lemon peel, nutmeg and undissolved yeast into bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. Process on dough/manual cycle. >
When cycle is complete, remove dough to floured surface. If necessary, knead in additional flour to make dough easy to handle. Knead in almonds and fruits. Roll dough to 12 x 8-inch oval. Fold dough in half lengthwise, slightly off center, so top layer is set back 1/2 inch from bottom edge; pinch to seal. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 to 60 minutes.
Lightly beat reserved egg white; brush on dough. Bake at 350oF for 30 to 35 minutes or until done, covering with foil after 20 minutes to prevent excess browning. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack. Sift powdered sugar over top.
You might also enjoy the conventional version of this recipe.
Serving size: 1 slice (1/8 of recipe)
calories 342; total fat 12g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 69mg; sodium 226mg; total carbohydrate 51g; dietary fiber 3g; protein 9g
Source: Photo and recipe courtesy © 2008 ACH Foods. All Rights Reserved.
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Reinhart, Peter. The Bread Baker's Apprentice. Ten Speed Press. 2001.