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Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Thursday, 30th December 2010, 00:22

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The 2010 December Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Penny of Sweet Sadie's Baking. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers' to make Stollen. She adapted a friend's family recipe and combined it with information from friends, techniques from Peter Reinhart's book.........and Martha Stewart's demonstration.

Merry Christmas Everybody!
Another year gone already? What better way to finish the year than with a spectacular Christmas Stollen. Yes, it is a few days past Christmas, but I have been filled with such cheer and goodwill that I missed my posting deadline.
Stollen is a fruit filled bread-like cake made with yeast and sometimes filled with marzipan.
The detailed recipe with quantities can be found here on the Daring Bakers site, but an abbreviated version of my recipe is below.

Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Dried fruit gives the flavour to a Stollen and therefore is the most important part. Any fruit can be used, from currants and raisins to mixed peel, cherries, mango or ginger; select your favourites. You will need about 2 cups of fruit all up.
I chose to use sultanas, dried apricots and pineapple. I like to use these little packs as the unused fruit stays fresher longer.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
I also threw in some dried apple.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
The fruit needs to be soaked overnight for softness in about ¼ cup alcohol. Rum is the best choice, but using what I had on hand, I tried vanilla vodka and apple juice.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen

To make the bread dough, you will need basic pantry items: milk, caster sugar, plain flour, salt, butter, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, a lemon and orange. You will also need 2 packets of dried yeast sachets, these can be found in the flour section of the supermarket.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Tip two packets (14g) of dried yeast into ¼ cup of lukewarm water and leave for five minutes to activate and go bubbly.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Melt butter into milk in a small saucepan over a low heat. Leave to sit until lukewarm.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Lightly beat together eggs, vanilla extract, lemon and orange juice.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and zests of orange and lemon.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Stir in yeast mixture, eggs, and milk/butter mixture until mix comes together in a tacky ball. Cover with plastic and leave to sit for 10 mins.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Tip the dough out onto a floured surface, then tip out all the soaked fruit on top.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Now, as a pre-Christmas work out, knead the fruit into the dough and keep going for about 8 mins.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Think of the how good the upper body exercise is, and how many more rumballs you will be able to eat! :D (You could use a machine, but that's cheating.)
You will know when to stop when the dough becomes tacky and the sultanas start falling off.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and leave overnight in the fridge to rise.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
The next day, punch back the dough, and tip out onto a floured surface. At this stage I divided the dough into two balls to make two stollen. Roll out into a large rectangle, one centimetre thick.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Using almond icing or marzipan, roll out thin strips and place at intervals along the dough.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Roll into a long sausage shape, and then curl into a circle.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Cut knicks out of the dough at 6cm intervals and shape to form a wreath.
Leave to proof for 2 hours.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Bake for 40-50mins at 180°c until dark brown in colour.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
While hot, brush the stollen with melted butter and allow to soak in.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Sift icing sugar over the top and allow to sink in, repeating three times to build up a protective coating.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Serve as thin slices with butter and a cup of tea, or wrap and store for up to 4 months in the freezer.
Daring Bakers Challenge - Christmas Stollen
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! :)


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