This famous German bread originated in the city of Dresden. Its unusual shape, with its characteristic indentation, was meant to represent the swaddled Christ Child.
Stollen is made from a very rich but not overly sweet dough that is studded with candied fruits and nuts and may include a ribbon of marzipan down the center. The finished loaf is brushed with clarified butter and rolled in confectioners' sugar.
Although its beginnings are the subject of many charming legends, the one undisputed fact about Panettone is that it comes from Milan, Italy. It is traditionally a large loaf baked in a round, tall-sided pan. It can be served as a breakfast bread or a dessert.
Scandinavian breads come in fragrant cardamom or saffron-scented braids and rolls.
Eastern European Breads
Try these Polish, Czech, and Hungarian yeast bread recipes.
Other Holiday Yeast Breads
And last, but certainly not least, cinnamon rolls and other sweet breads.
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