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Christmas Dresden Stollen 
 
Oct. 20, 2010 11:06 am 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2010 8:18 pm
Stollen is a traditional German Cake.  The Dresden stollen (originaly Striezel) is a moist, heavy bread filled with fruit. It was first officially mentioned in a document in 1474.  It is produced in the city of Dresden and distinguished by a special seal depicting King Augustus II-the strong.  This "official" stollen is produced by only 150 Dresden bakers.

The shape of the loaf was meant to represent the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddeling clothes.
As a christmas pastry stollen was baked for the first time at the Saxon Royal Court in 1427.

I have been baking Stollen every Christmas for 38 years, using my mothers and grandmothers recipe.  My grandmother came from Germany as a teenager.  So my recipe is tried and true to me.

I bake loaves for family members and gift baskets and is asked for every year.

For any of you that have not tried it before or have tried recipes from all recipes and they have not turned out right. Please try this recipe on my recipe box, I think you will be most pleasantly surprised and I hope it will remain in your family as long as it has mine.
 
Comments
faye 
Oct. 20, 2010 2:52 pm
marie, that sounds so good .my grandma was from germany and i remember having something like this as a child, can't wait to make it. would you happen to have a good apple strudel recipe?
 
Lace 
Oct. 21, 2010 4:30 am
Thanks for sharing that. My friends/neighbors are from Germany so perhaps I'll give this a try a surprise them. They've lived here almost 40 yrs. and have shared some german foods with me that I love!
 
Oct. 21, 2010 10:49 am
Thanks for your recipe.It looks great!I spent 21 bucks on an imported stollen last year. (worth every penny,though)BTW try making french toast with some.MMMMM!
 
Oct. 25, 2010 8:18 pm
Thanks Marie, this is food that is always a part of our Christmas. I special order this each year. I "wonder "if I could actually make this?? Not good on yeast breads, but may give it a try!!
 
 
 
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Marie

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About Me
I started cooking when I was 13 years old. I now have 3 kids and 8 grand childen. Cooking and creating good food is my life. I have recntly completed my first cook book and am in the process of trying to get it published
My favorite things to cook
I love all foods. I love to discover new cuisine and experiment. I love to de-construct an every day dish and bring it back to life in a whole new way.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite time of year is the holidays. My mother made the holidays very special so I love entertaining and creating new dishes every year. We have a traditional Christmas Tree Cutting day where we have a big family brunch-go cut our trees the come back and serve trays of cookies and hot chocolate.
My cooking triumphs
Was my first wedding cake. I become a commercial cake decorator at 19 and my first cake was 4' tall. It was a great feeling. I also catered a party for a fund raiser as one of my catering events and I got more attention then the candidate that put on the party.
My cooking tragedies
The only big tragedie I can recall was when I was 17 years old and I made my first pumpkin pie with the help of my mother-in-law. I put salt in place of sugar-like a cup and half and didnt know it til they came out of the oven Well-who puts salt in a 5 gallon container. They looked great. I had to start over.
 
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