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Web's Best Recipe for Christmas Stollen, Quick Bread Variety

This Christmas Stollen recipe is a quick bread. It's remarkably rich and decadent.

Trivia: Stollen is a bread-like cake traditionally made in Germany, When eaten during the Christmas season, its called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen.

Recipe for Christmas Stollen, Quick Bread Variety

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mace
8 cardamon seed pods, seeds -- Removed And Crushed
3/4 cups almonds, blanched, ground
1/2 cups butter, soft
1 cups cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp brandy
1/2 cups currants
1/2 cups golden raisins
1/3 cups candied lemon peel, chopped
1/4 cups butter, melted
1/4 cups sugar, powdered

Method

Preheat oven to 350° F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, mace, and crushed cardamon seeds. Stir in the ground almonds. Cut in the soft butter until the mixture resembles coarse sand.

In a blender like the Oster 6684 12-Speed Blender, Black, cream the egg with the cream cheese, vanilla, almond extract, and brandy. Pour it into a bowl and stir in the dried fruit. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until everything is well blended.

Work the Christmas stollen dough into a ball and turn it out on a lightly floured board. Knead it for a few minutes until it is smooth, then place it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.

Shape the dough into a flat, oval loaf, about 10 inches long and eight inches wide. With the blunt edge of a knife, crease the loaf about 1/2 inch off center, down the length of it. Fold the smaller side of the creased loaf over the wider side. Brush the top of the folded loaf with the melted butter.

Place the loaf on an ungreased Cookie Sheet and bake for about 45 minutes, until it starts to turn brown on the outside. Remove and allow to cool a little bit.

Dust this Christmas stollen lightly with powdered (ie, confectioner's) sugar.


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