BBB - Stollen

I've never made a stollen before.  And like many people unfamiliar with the actual baked good, I had assumed it was a dry crumbly yeast rendition of a fruitcake.  Well let me tell you, no bread with this amount of butter and other enrichments could ever turn out dry unless you doubled the flour and baked it black.  My pastry cloth was practically transparent with butter oil by the time I was done rolling and shaping.  Not that butter is a bad thing...  ☺  I'd say this über rich pseudo-pastry is like a cross between a danish, a fruitcake and a croissant.  I did add the almond filling that is often seen in stollen, even though it was not in the original challenge recipe.  (Congratulations by the way to Susan of Wild Yeast, the host kitchen, on her marriage this month!)  I think maybe next time I won't need to add the filling, this was so rich and delicious anyway.  And easier to make wonderful toast out of it without the filling oozing out as it warms...  Mmmmmm.  We'll see.  If you want to try it out, here is the recipe as presented for the Buddy challenge.

Yield: 1500 grams (3 loaves, more or less)
  • Candy and dry citrus peel: 12 hours or more (can be done ahead)
  • Soak the fruits: 12 hours
  • Mix and ferment sponge: 12 hours (can be simultaneous with fruit-soaking)
  • Mix dough: 20 – 30 minutes
  • First fermentation : 30 minutes
  • Preshape, rest, and shape: 30 minutes
  • Proof: 90 minutes
  • Bake: 30 minutes
Sponge Ingredients:
  • 120 grams flour
  • 80 grams water
  • 0.1 gram (small pinch) Instant Yeast
     [or 0.13 g active dry, or 0.25 g fresh]
Soaked Fruit Ingredients:
  • 130 grams raisins
  • 75 grams dried cherries (or more raisins, or chopped dried apricots, or a combination)
  • 61 grams candied orange peel
  • 92 grams candied lemon peel
  • 82 grams slivered almonds
  • 34 grams rum
Final Dough Ingredients:
  • 348 g flour
  • 53 g milk
  • 25.3 grams (2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) instant yeast [or 18.6 g osmotolerant, or 31.6 g active dry, or 63.3 g fresh]
  • 8 g (1-1/3 t.) salt
  • 8 g (2-1/3 t.) diastatic malt powder (omit if you don’t have it)
  • 51 g sugar
  • 50 g egg (about one large egg)
  • 5 g grated lemon zest (one average lemon)
  • 5 g grated orange zest (one small orange)
  • 1/3 t. of each of these ground spices: cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, allspice, nutmeg
  • 273 g unsalted butter, at room temperature (should be pliable)
  • all of the sponge
  • all of the soaked fruits
Finishing Ingredients:
  • clarified butter
  • fine granulated sugar
  • powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
  1. Toss the soaker fruits with the rum in a medium bowl. Cover and leave at room temperature for about 12 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sponge ingredients in another medium bowl. Cover and ferment at room temperature for 12 hours.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine all of the final dough ingredients except the soaker. Mix in slow speed until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Continue mixing in medium speed until the gluten reaches full development. The dough should come together around the hook and should no longer stick to the sides and bottom of the bowl. This could take about 25 minutes or more, but will depend on your mixer.
  5. Add the soaked fruits and mix on slow speed just until they are evenly distributed through the dough.
  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly buttered container. Cover and ferment for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  7. Turn the dough onto the counter. Divide into three pieces, or however many you would like. Preshape the dough into balls and let them rest, covered, for 30 minutes.
  8. To shape each loaf: Form a blunt-ended batard and dust it lightly with flour. With a thin rolling pin, press down firmly, separating the dough into two parts with one slightly larger than the other. Roll out the flap of dough connecting the sections so it is about 2 inches wide. Flatten the larger section slightly with your hand, then fold the smaller section over to rest on the larger one.
  9. Place the loaves on parchment-lined baking sheets (two per sheet) and slip them into a large plastic bag with a bowl of warm water. Proof for about 90 minutes, replenishing the water when it cools.
  10. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 on convection setting or 400 on regular bake setting. You will also need steam during the initial phase of baking, so prepare for this now.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes, open the oven door briefly to allow any remaining steam to escape, and bake for another 20 minutes. If you do not have convection, you may need to rotate the position of the baking sheets halfway through the bake to ensure even browning and keep the one on the lower rack from burning on the bottom.
  12. While the loaves are still warm, brush them with clarified butter. Dredge them in fine granulated sugar, brushing or shaking off the excess.
  13. To finish, sift powdered sugar over the loaves.
  14. Cut when completely cool. You can leave the stollen out overnight to let the loaves dry and the sugar crust up a bit.
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    1. The stollen I'd had before was dry, that was stollen as I knew it. This is not that one you are so right.
      This stollen I'll make again. ;-) lots of butter, not dry, yum good.

      Love to have you bake with us.
      Hope these are merry and bright days for you and those you love.

    2. Beautiful! I'm so happy to have you baking with us this month. Happy New Year!

    3. I'm so glad your Stollen turned out well!

      And I didn't think it would be possible to end up with something dry and crumbly either with that amount of butter. Alas, I achieved it! (Even though ours was dry and crumbly, it tasted good though.)

    4. A beautiful stollen Kelly! It does make great toast, but the melty filling when warmed does sound delicious, too. Happy New Year!

    5. Oh wow now that's a mouthwatering description; oozing out warm filling!

      Lovely stollen !


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