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.
I went with tropical fruits because I wanted a twist. Instead of marzipan, I found almond paste and decided on that instead.
It's a tedious process that involved rising, kneading, more rising, and finally some baking. I would leave it to rise while I ran errands.
I might have messed up with portions because I only used half the recipe, but nonetheless, the stollen came out gloriously. I loved it and ate lots of it myself. When did I start enjoying dried fruit and nuts so much? I never did before all this Christmas baking.
Now I see stollens everywhere: in cookie recipes, at the farmer's markets... If you don't know about it, you never realize that it's all around you. Like Christmas/love is all around you.
Now here's a song: