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The Daring Baker – Stollen

Another blisteringly quick post here as I’m still on holidays and while the children and spouse are quietly asleep (well the children more so than my snoring Hubby), sitting on the PC seems a bit anti-holiday and I feel the need to hop off and vege out in front of the television!

Stollen

Anyhoo… This month’s Daring Baker challenge was most season appropriate: German Stollen. I don’t know if it’s to do with my background but I have always had a thing for stollen. Actually I am also very partial to panettone so it probably has more to do with the dry texture of both types of Christmas cake. I love it!

Stollen

Stollen

This challenge therefore gave me the chance to make something that I enjoy dearly but would never, ever have thought to try and bake myself. I was pleased to find that the process didn’t differ much from making fine bread (giving the dough a good time to mature in the fridge and plenty of time to prove). I wasn’t terribly creative with my stollen other than putting a good strip of marzipan through one of the wreaths. I’ll blame my lack of time on my equally unimaginative decorations!

Stollen

Stollen

I did however bake a pretty good stollen, even if I do say so myself. I have a good chunk of it waiting for me back at home in the freezer. So happy to have done this challenge and look forward to baking it once again soon (hey, there’s nothing wrong with stollen outside of Christmas is there? :D ).

Stollen

Stollen

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. zorra

    December 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Looks just perfect. I like the Jingle Bells thing! :-)

    • Monica

      December 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks :) I had grand plans but sometimes the simple things can be the cutest? :D

  2. Shelley C

    December 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Beautiful stollen wreaths!! And nope, nothing wrong with stollen outside of Christmas. In fasct, it is so tasty and this recipe was so good, I see no reason to just make it a celebration bread, rather than a Christmas one! :) Beautiful job and great pictures. Happy Holidays!

    • Monica

      December 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you! I already can’t wait to get back home and defrost some of my stashed stollen :) Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  3. Suz

    December 24, 2010 at 7:20 am

    “hey, there’s nothing wrong with stollen outside of Christmas is there? :D”

    I hope not! Your stollen looks beautiful. I think that’s one to make all year round.

    • Monica

      December 26, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      If I had it my way I would eat stollen and pannetone constantly! Maybe it’s good to keep them as Christmas goodies though as it’s nice to have things to look forward to each year :D

  4. Simona

    December 26, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Very nice decoration! I also made two smaller Stollen.

    • Monica

      December 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      Oh good! I wasn’t sure if I could control such a large amount of dough :| I ended up doing one with marzipan and one without :D

  5. Sarah

    December 27, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Your stollen looks fantastic and I love the decorative ribbon and Jingle Bells on top. Sometimes recipes are good just as they are… Merry Christmas!

    • Monica

      December 28, 2010 at 7:47 am

      Many thanks. I wish I had taken some away with me on holidays! Can’t wait to log back on Daring Baker and take some time to check out everyone else’s great efforts.

  6. GourmAndrea

    December 27, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Your wreath has such a beautiful shape

    • Monica

      December 28, 2010 at 7:45 am

      Thank you. Connecting the ends together was a challenge though! :D

  7. Michelle

    December 27, 2010 at 10:45 am

    If enjoying stollen outside of the holidays is wrong, I don’t want to be right! Beautifully done!

    • Monica

      December 28, 2010 at 7:44 am

      I agree! Thanks :D

  8. Jimena

    January 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Your stollen turned out fabulous! I too really enjoyed this challenge :)

    • Monica

      January 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Thanks :) I must take a look at your stollen :) So far everyone’s done such amazing things!

  9. sandie

    January 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks for stopping by! You did a beautiful job on the stollen. I too, kept to a traditional stollen, but I really love it and wouldn’t want to change the flavors…

    • Monica

      January 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      Many thanks Sandie :) I love all the delicious things on your blog!

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