My lovely Oma, who Miss ND is named after, would make many Stollen every Christmas and send out to all of her family. Even when I left home to live the single city girl life and then the married coastal life, she still sent me one every year. She was the best baker I knew and her recipes live on with us.
Stollen, pronounced Sch-toe-len, is a traditional German rich yeasted bread made with dried fruits, mixed peel and almonds usually in a loaf shape, this year I’m making Stollen pastries for munching with gallons of tea in the run up to Christmas.
500g strong white bread flour
7g sachet easy bake yeast
3 tablespoons light muscovado sugar
2 rounded tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp salt
90g unsalted butter – softened
200ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tablespoon black treacle
1 large free range organic egg
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
250g mix raisins/sultanas/mixed peel/
chopped glace cherries
zest of 1-2 clemantines and 1 lemon
250g golden marzipan
flaked almonds to decorate to your taste
1 medium free range organic egg
1 tablespoon milk
50g icing sugar
4 tablespoons hot water
1. Combine the flour, yeast, sugar, spice and salt together in a large bowl,
then rub in the butter.
2. Warm the black treacle with the milk then beat in the egg and oil. Add
this to the flour/butter mix and stir in well moulding into a ball. Leave
for 10-15 minutes. Then knead the dough before covering and leaving
to rise until it has doubled in size.
Pre-heat your oven now to 200°C/180°C/Gas 6.
4. Roll the dough out to a large rectangular shape, about 18″ x 6″ (or
thereabouts), dampen the edges to help the dough stick together when
5. Place the marzipan on one edge of the dough and roll the dough
around it. Pinch the edges to seal.
6. Slice the dough into 15 or so rounds and place on a couple of lined
baking trays, well spaced out.
7. Beat the medium egg with the milk and glaze the tops of the pastries.
Sprinkle with the flaked almonds generously.
8. Bake for around 15-20 minutes. Whilst still warm brush over with the
icing wash as desired, I do some with and some without (for me & TC).
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas around here!