Stollen Bread

    2 hours 40 mins

    This is a traditional German Christmas bread packed with dried fruit and filled with a marzipan surprise.

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    Serves: 15 

    • 1 sachet (7g) dried yeast
    • 175ml warm milk (45 C)
    • 1 large egg
    • 90g caster sugar
    • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
    • 90g unsalted butter, softened
    • 375g bread flour or plain flour
    • 60g currants
    • 60g sultanas
    • 60g red glace cherries, quartered
    • 185g diced mixed citrus peel
    • 220g marzipan
    • 1 heaped teaspoon icing sugar
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • toasted slivered almonds for sprinkling on top

    Prep:2hr  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:2hr40min 

    1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the egg, caster sugar, salt, butter and 3/4 of the flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, a little at a time, stirring well after each addition.
    3. When the dough has begun to pull together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead in the currants, sultanas, dried cherries and mixed peel. Continue kneading until smooth, about 8 minutes.
    4. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
    5. Lightly grease a baking tray. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the marzipan into a rope and place it in the centre of the dough. Fold the dough over to cover it; pinch the seams together to seal.
    6. Place the loaf, seam side down, on the prepared baking tray. Cover with a clean, damp tea-towel and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 150 degrees C and bake for a further 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
    8. Allow loaf to cool on a wire cooling rack. Dust the cooled loaf with icing sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon and finish with the toasted slivered almonds.

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