CHRISTMAS STOLLEN - Daring Baker's Challenge - December/2010


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.

This was my first ever German style Stollen. I must say that I loved it! I followed the recipe given almost to a T. I learned how to make homemade candied orange peel (I'll post about it soon), to use in the recipe. It was a hit among the guests. I will definitely be doing this again. I still want to try the Brazilian "Rabanadas" (a type of French Toast served at Christmas time) with the leftovers. Unfortunately there were no leftovers for "rabanadas" :o(

From the original recipe provided by the hostess, these were the only changes I made:

I used lime instead of lemon;
I omited lemon and orange extracts;
I used only orange peel (not mixed peel);
I used 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup sultanas;
I omitted glacé cherries;
I used 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup walnuts.

I would like to thank Penny for the special challenge, my house smelled like Christmas while baking it. The original recipe can be found at The Daring Kitchen, as well as the other Daring Bakers' wonderful creations!


  1. Your stollen looks wonderful and I love your photography!

  2. Your stollen looks beautiful, Renata, and very festive with those cherries in the middle.
    Seasons greetings and best wishes for a happy new year.

  3. It looks beautiful and scrumptious too!
    Dear Renata, I wish you a very happy New Year. I send to you a really big hug. Love, Fabi.

  4. I just love the crumb on the stollen and yes it does smell like Christmas when baking and great to hear that you liked it so much happy holidays to you.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  5. Such a beautiful stollen with snowy peaks and the soft crumb inside. I love the cherries in the middle and the festive photography. Gorgeous!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Your Christmasy photos bring a smile to my face! I love the first one with the Stollen and cherries! Your Stollen looks just fantastic and I love the way that you shaped the dough. Happy Holidays!

  7. Looks so beautiful, so nicely shaped. Rabanadas sounds delish.

  8. Renata, your stollen is perfect! That is what I thought was meant when it said to cut the stollen and twist each segment! You are so good with yeast breads - your dough looks moist and rose beautifully! Happy New Year!

  9. yum! Your stollen looks picture perfect! love the fresh cherries for presentation, they add a nice touch of color!

  10. Ah, your stollen is absolutely beautiful. And now I understand about twisting forward to make it look like a wreath! I really didn't manage to make mine look anything like as wonderful as yours. If you don't mind, I'm going to keep this bookmarked to copy next year - gorgeous. Although, I might just make loaves next year as I must have marzipan in it and making the cuts lets the marzipan ooze out. But I do want one which looks like yours. I'm so conflicted!

  11. Renata, your stollen looks delicious! I too really enjoyed this challenge =)

  12. I love the way you overlapped the cut dough, it turned out beautiful! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  13. Hi
    I came across your blog first time.Very unique recipes.following you.

  14. This looks wonderful, Renata! I just never got around to this one, but I've got the homemade candied orange peel and pistachio marzipan, so I may make a New Year's stollen. Happy new year to you and yours!

  15. Looks beautiful and very Christmasy. I had to look up what a sultana is :)


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