How to make Stollen Bread

Posted by Florian 08/08/2019 0 Comment(s) Florian's Kitchen,

The weather has been so hot lately that I find when I meditate, that I try to focus on cooler (and simpler) times.

I grew up in a traditional German American household and a lot of things that came from my grandmother’s kitchen had recipes that are hundreds of years old. I know it’s a little early for Yule, but this was our Yule bread which the Germans call Stollen. It takes a bit of doing, so it’s best to plan ahead.

Stollen dates to the 15th century when it was simply made of flour, yeast, water, and oil, as per church restrictions. In 1430, the Saxons petitioned Pope Niklaus V to be able to add butter to the Stollen recipe.

Today’s Stollen recipes, however, reflect generations of adjustments and enhancements. The candied fruit and nuts were added to show the family’s bounty during the Yule season. The once simple bread recipe has evolved to a light, flavorful loaf that represents the harmony and joy felt at the Yule hearth and the powdered sugar that tops the loaf, while originally meant to represent the swaddling of the Christ child, is now more used to represent the snow-capped peaks of Bavaria.

Folks, this is not your average fruitcake, so gather the family and share the joy with this family favorite. Remember, cooking with love and intention can help bring peace and joy to your home during the Yule season.

My family’s recipe for Stollen:

Fruit

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup candied lemon peel diced (cleansing, purification, and removal of blockages.
  • 1 cup candied orange peel, diced (love, money, luck divination, success)
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 cup of water

 

Dough

  • ¼ cup milk (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup of sugar (attract what you desire, a lover, money, or success, or to end a quarrel)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt (purification, protection)
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla extract (promotes a happy and healthy home, attracts good fortune, and enhances mental stimulation).
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (usually almonds, but any nuts you want will work).

 

Directions:

  1. Mix the fruit together and let it stand overnight
  2. When you are ready to bake, drain the fruit and keep the liquid but set it aside.
  3. Add the liquid you set aside to the bread ingredients and pour into a large mixing bowl, with a bread hook
  4. Mist for 10 minutes
  5. Add the fruit and nuts and knead them in with the bread for an additional 7 minutes
  6. Take the dough out of the mixer and allow it to rise until it doubles in size
  7. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and place in a greased loaf pan. Allow it to rise again until it again doubles in size.
  8. Place loaf, brushed with melted butter, into a 350°F oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until it is golden brown
  9. Let cool in pan until easily removed. Cover with powdered sugar and serve.+

 

 

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