Traditional German Christmas Stollen recipes – how to make stollen at home. Easy sweet bread recipe to bake a traditional stollen for Christmas with simple and tasty ingredients just like in Germany.
Learn in this video how to make German Christmas stollen at home by using a traditional sweet bread recipe from scratch!
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1) 300 g / 10 oz of raisins
2) 30 ml / 1 fl oz of dark rum
3) 50 g / 1.7 oz of dry yeast
4) 1 tbsp + 150 g / 5.5 oz of granulated sugar
5) 100 ml / 3.5 fl oz + 400 ml / 13.5 oz of cow milk
6) 2 tbsp + 1 kg / 35 oz of all-purpose flour
7) 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
8) 1 tsp of cardamom powder
9) 1 tsp of fine-granulated salt
10) 20 g / 0.7 oz of vanilla sugar
11) grated zest from a lemon
12) 2 egg yolks
13) 400 g / 14 oz + 50 g / 1.7 oz of melted butter
14) 250 g / 9 oz of walnut core
15) 250 g / 9 oz of dried cranberries (you might use instead dried apricot or another dried fruit to your taste)
16) some caster sugar for garnishing
1) place raisins into a small bowl, pour over them the rum, mix to combine ingredients together, then wait about 6 hours to soften the raisins
2) break yeast into small pieces, place it into a larger bowl, and add over it about a tablespoon of granulated sugar
3) warm about 100 ml / 3.5 fl oz of milk up to about 40 C / 105 F (just to be lukewarm), then pour it over the yeast into the large bowl
4) sprinkle over milk two tablespoons of flour, cover the bowl and wait for about 10 minutes to activate the yeast
5) melt 400 g / 14 oz of butter over medium temperature, then wait to cool to room temperature
6) meanwhile, sieve 1 kg / 35 oz of all-purpose flour and place it into a bowl
7) sprinkle over flour about a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and cardamom powder
8) add to the bowl salt, powdered vanilla sugar, salt, and lemon zest
9) add to the bowl egg yolks and the ingredients from the yeast bowl
10) pour 400 ml / 13.5 fl oz of milk into the bowl and the cooled melted butter, then knead all the ingredients until you get a smooth and non-sticky dough
11) sprinkle some flour to the working surface and knead the dough a couple of minutes more, place it back into the bowl, then cover it with foil and wait about 30 minutes to leaven
12) in the meantime, chop coarsely walnut core by the knife or kitchen robot
13) add walnut and dried cranberries into the raisins bowl, then mix well all the ingredients up
14) place leavened dough back to the working surface and spread it into a thick sheet
15) place dried fruits over dough, then fold repeatedly the dough to combine well ingredients
16) put the dough back into the bowl, cover it with foil and wait again for 30 minutes
17) place dough to the working surface and split it into two equal pieces
18) put each dough piece into a loaf pan, cover the pan, and wait for about 15 minutes to leaven
19) place pans into the preheated oven at 180 C / 360 F until and bake until the cakes are golden brown on top (about 30-40 minutes, less or more, depending on the stove)
20) melt about 50 g / 1.7 oz of butter, take the pans out from the oven and brush the stollen with butter until you use it entirely
21) wait to cool the sweet bread to room temperature, then sprinkle over it caster sugar abundantly
22) cover the German Christmas stollen with kitchen towels, then place it into a wooden crate (recommended)
23) place the crate into a well-aerated and lukewarm place and wait about a week before serving (if you resist the temptation to taste the German Christmas stollen immediately! )
While in the Central and Eastern European countries most sweet bread recipes are made with sweet leavened dough and walnut or poppy seed paste filling, in other countries are traditionally made sweet bread recipes with unleavened dough.
Such examples of sweetbread with unleavened dough are walnut beigli and poppyseed beigli, which are coming from Austria and Hungary but have been adopted under different names in almost all the countries that were part of the Habsburg Empire.
Germany features a special fruit bread recipe which is called stollen. There are more stollen recipes available, however, one of them is usually prepared during the Christmas season and for this reason, it’s named German Christmas stollen (Christstollen in German).
The most popular German Christmas stollen recipe is presented on this page with step-by-step instructions to make it from scratch. Even if it seems a bit hard and time-consuming to prepare it, in reality, it’s not so difficult, so I invite you all to try the recipe out and prepare a traditional German recipe for the Christmas holidays.
Enjoy the German Christmas stollen with your family and friends! Merry Christmas!
If you want to read more about the origins of the stollen bread origins go here!