Christmas Stollen

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Christmas Stollen

Christmas Stollen, a traditional German holiday bread, is a delightful treat loaded with candied fruits, nuts, and a dusting of powdered sugar. This recipe allows you to bring the heartwarming flavors of Germany to your holiday table.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Servings 10 slices


  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper


  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet 7g active dry yeast
  • 150 g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup warm milk 110°F or 43°C
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 g mixed candied fruits citrus peel, cherries, etc.
  • 100 g chopped almonds
  • 100 g raisins
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and a pinch of sugar in the warm milk. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until foamy.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix until a dough forms.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Punch down the dough and knead in the candied fruits, chopped almonds, raisins, and citrus zest.
  • Shape the dough into an oval loaf and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the stollen is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Let the stollen cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, dust generously with powdered sugar.


Traditional Christmas Stollen can be made in advance and stored for several weeks, making it a perfect gift or addition to your holiday table.
Keyword Christmas Stollen, German Holiday Bread, Candied Fruits, Festive Baking

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