Traditional German Weihnachtsstollen
Weihnachtsstollen is a German type of fruit cake which is traditionally eaten during the Christmas season.
Everyone in my family looks look forward to this delicious treat each year. Without Weihnachtsstollen we would definitely miss out on something at Christmas.
I would like to share our old family recipe with you. Make sure that you treat yourself with this absolute delight!
- 600g flour
- 2 cubes of fresh yeast (40g each) or 14g dried yeast
- 100g sugar
- 150g butter or margarine
- 200g raisins
- 100g candied lemon peel
- 100g candied orange peel
- 100g slivered almonds
- 16g vanilla sugar
- 2 egg yolks or 1 whole egg
- Juice of half a lemon
- 250 ml milk (lukewarm)
- Some rum to taste
- 1 package of marzipan mass
- Sieve the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
- Crumble the yeast into the well and pour the lukewarm milk over it.
- Add the sugar and powder the yeast with some of the flour in the bowl.
- Leave the mixture to stand for approximately 15 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients (except for the marzipan) to the bowl and knead the mixture to a dough. The dough should not be too firm.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place until it has approximately doubled.
- Form two cakes and fill them with marzipan. If the dough is too sticky you can add some more flour.
- Preheat the oven to 175°C (fan oven) and bake the Weihnachtsstollen for around half an hour. After a few minutes baking time make a 1 cm deep cut lengthwise.
- To see if the cake is well baked put a little wooden stick into the centre. If there is no dough sticking to it the cake is ready.
Enjoy your typically German and delicious Weihnachtsstollen!