How to Bake a Delicious Stollen

Stollen is a traditional German bread-like fruitcake, and let me tell you, it’s delicious! Picture this: a yeasty dough filled with yummy ingredients like candied fruits, nuts, spices, and sometimes marzipan. It’s often dusted with powdered sugar, adding a sweet touch.

Oh, and the best part? It’s a superstar during the holiday season, especially around Christmas in Germany. Families bake it at home or buy it from bakeries. Some versions even include a bit of rum or brandy for that extra kick of flavor.

The shape of stollen is pretty cool too—it’s usually long and oval-shaped, resembling the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. Imagine biting into that delightful mix of sweet, fruity, and nutty flavors—so good!

Stollen, German bread like fruitcake, traditional recipe, Christmas min

Stollen, A Festive Recipe for Irresistible Holiday Treats!

Easy stollen recipe, german cuisine, traditional min

Set aside

500 g cake flour

10 ml baking powder

200 g sugar

5 ml vanilla essence

2 ml salt

4 drops lemon juice

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of mixed spice

2 eggs, beaten well

200 ml baking margarine

250 g smooth cottage cheese

300 g dried fruit cake mix

100 g raw almonds, roughly chopped

300 g prepared marzipan


50 ml baking margarine

Icing sugar to dust

Do like this

  • Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with non-stick spray.
  • In a big bowl or using a cake mixer, combine the cake flour and baking powder. Create a hole in the middle and pour in all the ingredients except the cake mix, almonds, and marzipan. Use the mixer or your hands to mix it all together. Then, add the cake mix and almonds. Mix until it becomes a smooth dough.
  • Split the dough into two parts. Take a piece of marzipan shaped like a sausage and put it in the middle of each piece of dough. Fold the dough over to make a loaf shape. Do the same for the other piece of dough.
  • Place the loaves on the prepared baking sheet and bake them at 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 60 minutes.
  • Once the loaves are out of the oven, brush them with melted margarine and sprinkle icing sugar on top.

As you pull these golden loaves from the oven, the scent of warm spices and sweet almonds fills the air, instantly bringing back cherished memories of festive seasons past. Sharing this homemade stollen isn’t just about the taste; it’s about the joy it brings, gathered around with family and friends, each bite is a reminder of the love and traditions that make this time of year so special. From my kitchen to yours, may this recipe bring warmth, laughter, and the sweetest moments to your holiday celebrations. Happy baking and the happiest of holidays!

Charmful Serving Suggestions

For the stollen, you’d want to use rectangular serving platters. Presenting your baking on lovely plates adds a special touch to your treats!  It’s almost like they’re saying, “Hey, I’m not just tasty, I look fantastic too!” 

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