The scent of Christmas with freshly baked cakes and pastries is very special indeed. In the pre-Christmas period, biscuits as well as Stollen are very popular – a classic in Austria. The light and fluffy Stollen cake with its delicate almond aroma and candied fruits is well known and has a long tradition.

Metainformationen

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon (untreated, grated peel)
  • 100 g candied fruits (mixed)
  • 1 dash of rum
  • 1/2 small bottle of bitter almond flavouring
  • 600 g flour
  • 1 pack of baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 g quark
  • 150 g butter (soft)
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 100 g almonds (ground)
  • 150 g almonds (shaved)
  • 150 g raisins
  • icing sugar (for sprinkling)

Directions for Christmas Stollen

  1. Grate the lemon peel. Chop the candied fruits into small pieces and soak with the rum and bitter almond flavouring.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F.
  3. Sift flour with baking powder onto a work surface and make a hollow in the centre. Mix eggs, quark, soft butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon peel and a pinch of salt into this. Finally, add almonds, raisins and candied fruits and knead.
  4. Grease a Stollen or oblong cake tin and spoon in the mixture or shape into a loaf and place on a baking tray which has been lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake the Stollen on the middle rack at 200 °C/ 400 °F for 10 minutes and reduce to 170 °C/ 350 °F and bake for a further 45 minutes.

TIP

Drizzle with melted butter whilst still warm and cover with a thick layer of sugar for a super indulgent treat. The flavours will develop particularly well if wrapped in cling film and left to stand for a few days.

HISTORY BOX

Stollen, originally called “Christbrot” (Christmas bread) out of flour, yeast and water, was already made in the 14th century and the shape of the cake is said to be reminiscent of the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. Today, this sweet Viennese delicacy is often enhanced with dried fruits and is an absolute must particularly at Christmas!
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