Oct 252020
 

Learn today how to make Original Dresdner Stollen which is a traditional Christmas cake in Germany since centuries,  and this is an authentic German recipe. The “Dresdner Stollen” is popular all over the world.  This German cake has its own history. Have you ever asked yourself what it is actually symbolizing?

The form of the Stollen  is supposed to symbolize the baby in the cradle, wrapped in linen. The Stollen recipe was created in Sachsen (Saxon). The making of the Stollen needs more attention than a regular dough done with yeast.
You need to use all ingredients as listed, don’t change the measures or ingredients. Important seems the fact that you won’t using the ingredients directly out of the fridge. The ingredients need to be kept at room temperature, and some even bring them the evening before they bake, into a warmer room.

Don’t forget it is a winter recipe and in Europe many rooms of a home used to be cold during the winter season due to low temperature and bad heating. Of course this has changed, still the recipe is based upon these facts. Happy Baking!

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Ingredients Original Dresdner Stollen

1 kg flour (8 cups)
100 g fresh yeast or 2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 l milk
200 g sugar
450 g butter
Zest of 1 lemon (organic)
1/2 tsp level cardamon and 1/2 level tsp mace
10 g salt
500 g raisins (organic, no sulfur)
150 g currants

150 g chopped candied orange peel (orangeat) and candied lemon peel (zitronat)

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150 g chopped raw almonds
30 g chopped bitter almonds or some drops of bitter almond oil
100 g butter
100g coarse sugar
2 packets vanilla sugar – 1.0 oz – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
125 g powdered sugar


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Baking Instructions Original Dresdner Stollen

– Place flour into a baking bowl and make mold in the middle;
– Add the crumbled yeast with 2 tbsp sugar and some milk into the mold;
– With some flour whisk it so you get a “starter dough”
– Cover with a clean kitchen cloth and keep at a warm place for 40-50 minutes.

– Mix flour and Starter dough with remaining milk and sugar, warm butter, lemon zest, spices and salt.
– Mix really good until the dough peels away from the inside bowl walls.
– Boil water and scald raisins, dry them on kitchen cloth or paper.
– Add raisins, currants, candied orange and lemon peel and almonds to the dough.
– Knead everything thoroughly and form a ball.
– Cover again, let sit for 30-40 minutes, dough needs to rise significantly.

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– Again knead the dough very thoroughly, let rise covered for another 30-40 minutes, then form it into a Stollen.
– Preheat oven to 190-200 degrees C (375-400 F).
– Grease a baking tray with butter, place Stollen on it.
– Bake for 70-90 minutes until the surface is golden brown. If the Stollen gets brown early cover it with aluminum foil or a sheet of greased parchment paper.
– When Stollen is done brush butter onto its surface.
– Sprinkle first with coarse sugar than with a mix of vanilla sugar and powdered sugar.


Below is a video of a German bakery – the Bäckerei Ermer – where they make the Dresdner Stollen. This is in German but they don’t talk – just watch them making the most traditional Christmas cake of Germany. It’s very interesting.

  

  

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  7 Responses to “Original Dresdner Stollen – Christmas Specialty”

  1. I'm going to try it straight away, Gabrielle. I made Stollen once using another recipe and it was quite disappointing, very ordinary – and my cakes are usually really yummy. I'll write again when I make it.
    Thanks for posting the recipe; it's a great idea because people who plan to bake it for Christmas can try it now and learn how to make it instead of experimenting during the pre-Christmas rush.

  2. Can you please clarify the yeast amount. 100 gm of dry yeast seems to be an awful lot for one kilo of flour. You also say to put the flour in a bowl to make the pre-dough, but don’t indicate how much of the flour and milk to use.

    Thanks.

  3. More clarification please. You also mention “warm butter.” Do you mean room temperature butter or melted butter, the recipe does not say.

  4. the butter needs to be soft and not firm. All ingredients need to be warm, so not directly from the fridge.

  5. 100g is referring to fresh yeast. In Germany you can buy it in cubes. So dry yest is less.
    You would use all flower and warm milk. pre-dough refers to the first dough you make, it needs to rest for a while before you can knead it.

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