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Sarah’s Stollen Bites

I recently asked on my social media what people would like me to bake for Christmas and the one bake that I had a lot of requests for was Stollen and Stollen bites so I had to put them as the top of my to-do list!


Stollen is a fruit bread containing marzipan and coated with a thick layer of icing sugar. It is a traditional German Christmas bread often served for breakfast.



It is quite popular here in the UK now and can be bought in most supermarkets around Christmas time. This is an easier recipe than the regular Stollen as you don't need to worry about shaping it as it's baked in a tin.



I have packed mine with dried fruit, dried cranberries, mixed peel and glacé cherries all soaked in Amaretto. It is not an authentic recipe but one that has all the flavours I love at Christmas. I would happily eat a piece for breakfast with a mug of coffee!


In a medium sized bowl place the dried fruit, dried cranberries, mixed peel, quartered glacé cherries, flaked almonds, lemon zest.



Add the amaretto.



Mix together then cover with cling film and set aside.



Warm the milk in a pan or the microwave until it is just warm - if it is too hot it will kill the yeast.


In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached place the bread flour, yeast, sugar,salt (do not place next to the yeast) and butter.



Add the egg and milk and mix with the dough hook.



Mix on a medium speed for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth.



Place in a large oiled bowl and cover with cling film.


Leave for at least 2 hours until is has doubled in size.



Line a 7" square baking tin with parchment and set aside.




Add the spices to the fruit and mix.



Knock the dough back in the bowl.



Then add the dried fruit mixture and knead into the dough.



Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and divided the mixture into two pieces.



Roll out one piece of the dough to the size of the tin and place into the prepared tin.



Take the marzipan and roll into a square shape to fit the 8" (20cm) tin and place on top of the dough.



Roll out the other half of the dough and place on top of the marzipan.



Cover with cling film and leave to prove again and double in size for at least 1 hour.



When ready to bake preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade (160 fan) Gas mark 4.



Remove the cling film and bake for 35 minutes.



Melt the butter and brush over the top of the bread while still warm.



Then sieve the icing sugar over the top in a nice thick covering.



Leave to cool before slicing and serving.




Sarah's Stollen Bites


Sarah's servings: 12

Sarah's skill: Medium

Baking time: 35 minutes


Ingredients:


100g Dried Mixed Fruit

30g Dried Cranberries

30g Mixed Peel

50g Glacé Cherries

30g Flaked Almonds

Zest of 1 Lemon

2 Tbsp Amaretto

125ml Milk

275g Strong White Flour

7g Dried Yeast

30g Caster Sugar

1/2 tsp Salt

50g Soft Unsalted Butter

1 Large Egg

1/2 tsp Mixed Spice

1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

200g Marzipan


25g Melted Unsalted Butter

4 - 6 Tbsp Icing Sugar



Method:

  1. In a medium sized bowl place the dried fruit, dried cranberries, mixed peel, quartered glacé cherries, flaked almonds, lemon zest and amaretto and mix together. Cover with cling film and set aside.

  2. Warm the milk in a pan or the microwave until it is just warm - if it is too hot it will kill the yeast.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached place the bread flour, yeast, sugar,salt (do not place next to the yeast) and butter.

  4. Add the egg and milk and mix with the dough hook and mix on a medium speed for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth.

  5. Place in a large oiled bowl and cover with cling film for at least 2 hours until is has doubled in size.

  6. Line a 8" (20cm) square baking tin with parchment and set aside.

  7. Add the spices to the dried fruit and mix.

  8. Knock the dough back in the bowl then add the dried fruit mixture and knead into the dough.

  9. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and divided the mixture into two pieces.

  10. Roll out one piece of the dough to the size of the tin and place into the prepared tin.

  11. Take the marzipan and roll into a square shape to fit the 7" tin and place on top of the dough.

  12. Roll out the other half of the dough and place on top of the marzipan.

  13. Cover with cling film and leave to prove again and double in size for at least 1 hour.

  14. When ready to bake preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade (160 fan) Gas mark 4.

  15. Remove the cling film and bake for 35 minutes.

  16. Melt the butter and brush over the top of the bread while still warm then sieve the icing sugar over the top in a nice thick covering.

  17. Leave to cool before slicing and serving.






Sarah's extra slice.....


You can use whatever fruit and nuts you like in this recipe - just keep to the same weights as the recipe.


You can freeze the Stollen wrapped in cling film without the icing sugar topping.



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