Dresden Stollen

Dresdner Stollen
Stollen is a rich, sweet cake filled with fruits and nuts, and Stollen from Dresden are particularly well-known. A masterpiece of baking, treasured around the world. The product's long shelf life also makes it a perfect gift for any food lover. A very special Christmas treat. By law of the European Union, commercially sold Dresden Stollen can only be made in Dresden based on certain standards.
Course Dessert
Region Saxony

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups raisins 600 g
  • 4 tablespoons rum
  • 8 cups flour 1 kg
  • 1-2 cups milk 250-500 ml
  • 2 packages dry yeast (or 2 cubes of fresh yeast if available)
  • 1 cup sugar 200 g
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace or nutmeg
  • 1 lb unsalted butter 453.6 g
  • 3.5 oz almonds ground or finely chopped, 100 g
  • 4 oz candied lemon peel finely chopped, 113 g
  • 4 oz candied orange peel finely chopped, 113 g
  • Unsalted butter for coating
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Soak raisins in rum overnight.
  • Combine flour, milk, yeast, sugar, salt and butter to form a smooth yeast dough. Incorporate almonds, candied lemon and orange peel, mace and raisins, one after another always kneading the dough thoroughly. Let rest for 1 hour. Knead the dough once more, divide into two and shape two Stollen loaves.
  • Bake for about 1 hour in preheated oven at 350° F
  • After baking the Stollen, brush them with melted butter and dust generously with confectioner's sugar.
  • Stollen has a long shelf life and can be made weeks ahead of Christmas