Breakfast / Brunch
Stollen is a traditional German bread served around Christmas, full of nuts, spices, and/or dried or candied fruit. Some versions include a rich, nutty filling of almond paste or marzipan, making this even more decadent and cake-like. It's a great make-ahead bread because of it's density, perfect for gifting during the holiday season.
This recipe is reprinted from Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Zoë Francois & Jeff Herzberg, M.D.
Test Kitchen Tip
This recipe calls for almond paste. Although it’s different than marzipan, and the two are not typically interchangeable, either will work just fine in this recipe.
Mix together water, yeast, salt, granulated sugar, eggs, oil, brandy, and vanilla in a 6-quart bowl or a lidded (not airtight) food container.
Stir in cardamom, flour, and dried fruits without kneading, using a Danish dough whisk, a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a spoon. (If you’re not using a stand mixer, you may need to use wet hands to incorporate the last bit of flour.) The dough will be loose, but will firm up when chilled (don’t try to use it without chilling).
Cover dough with plastic wrap or a lid that fits the container but isn’t completely airtight; allow dough to rest at room temperature and rise for 2 hours.
Refrigerate dough at least 3 hours or overnight. Do not punch dough down; it won’t rise any more. The dough can be used as soon as it’s chilled after the initial rise, or used within 5 days.
On baking day, dust surface of refrigerated dough with flour and cut off a 1½ pound (cantaloupesized) piece; dust with more flour and quickly shape into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom, rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go.
Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to a ¼-inch-thick oval. As you roll, use enough flour to prevent the dough from sticking, but not so much as to make it dry.
Mold 4 oz. almond paste into a log and place across the short end of the dough about one-third of the way from the end. Lift and fold the remaining two-thirds to form an S-shape over the almond paste. (The end of the dough will lie near the middle of the top of the loaf.) Place dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap, then rest at room temperature for 90 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350° with rack in center position.
Dust Stollen generously with powdered sugar and serve.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 251mg 10%
Carbs 45g 15%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.