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Re: Christmas Stollen?

bbriscoe@infolink.morris.mn.us (Bonnie Briscoe)
Sun, 10 Dec 1995 15:08:24 -0600
I found this German Stollen (Christmas Bread) recipe in the _Minnesota
Heritage Cookbook: Hand-Me-Down Recipes_ (copyright 1979 by the American
Cancer Society, Minnesota Division, Inc.).  I have not tried it (too rich
for my diet!), but it looks like the item you describe.  Hope it works for

Stollen (Christmas Bread)

3 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees)
4 eggs
1 quart milk, scalded and cooled
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
7 cups flour
1/4 pound mixed candied fruit
1/2 pound raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon cardamom seed, crushed

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.  Beat eggs, add cooled milk, sugar,
shortening, salt, and yeast mixture.  Beat in half the flour.  Add fruit,
raisins, nuts, and cardamom seed.  Add enough flour to make dough easy to
handle and not sticky.  Knead until smooth.

Let rise until double; shape into 4 or 5 round or oval loaves (or braid, if
desired) and let rise again.

Bake in 325 degree oven for 35 minutes on lightly greased cookie sheets.
When cool, decorate with powdered sugar frosting, and red and green candied

Powdered Sugar Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup soft butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla or flavoring of your choice
2 tablespoons milk (use more or less as desired)

Mix the sugar and butter together.  Stir in vanilla and add milk to desired

Bonnie Briscoe