7 Dec 2016

Cheap Eats: Stollen Cake Recipe

stollen recipe
The marzipan almost looks like a pound symbol. It's a sign!

Is Stollen a bread or is it a cake? That's one of many questions I asked myself today.

Some people will tell you that it's a cake, but how can it be a cake if you have to knead it. Twice. 

Whatever the answer, Stollen is a tasty and sweet Christmas treat that's quite expensive to buy, but costs next to nothing to make. In fact, you've probably got most of the ingredients already.

So why spend £1.99 at Lidl for a small packet of stollen bites when you can make a whole loaf for less. 

Here's my recipe for Stollen:

Here's what you'll need:

  • 7g sachet of dried yeast
  • 1 tsb ground all spice
  • 220g sieved plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 100 ml milk warmed in microwave
  • 25g flaked almonds
  • 250g mazipan
  • 200g mixed dried fruit
  • 50g glace cherries cut in half
  • Knob of butter melted
  • 50g icing sugar

Here's what to do:

  1. Mix the yeast with the warm milk and set aside for ten mins
  2. Combine all the dried ingredients and fruit except the icing sugar and stir to mix up
  3. Pour in the yeast and milk, break the egg and mix to form a dough.
  4. Knead  the dough on a floured work surface for five mins.
  5. Put back in the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave for 20 mins to prove.
  6. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C Fan, 180 degrees normal.
  7. Turn the dough out on the your floured work surface and knead again for a couple mins more
  8. Roll out the dough in to thick sausage shape.
  9. Roll out the marzipan to a shape slightly shorter and less wide than the dough, put on top of the dough and bring up the sides to meet, aiming to enclose the marzipan with the dough.
  10. Bake in your preheated oven for 35 mins, if it's getting too brown, cover with tin foil.
  11. Last step is to take out of oven, brush with the melted butter and sprinkle icing sugar. Leave to cool and eat with a cup of tea or a glass of Bailey's.

stollen recipe
It's Christmas in a bowl

stollen recipe
The dough is proving, knead I say more

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Attempting to hide the stolen mazipan. That's Stollen marzipan.

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Stollen, gut essen!

Do you need a baking sheet?

I usually get mine from Amazon as they have a good selection and with many baking essentials reduced I recommend checking them out.

So that's my quick Stollen recipe, it's cheaper than shop bought, better for you and you most likely have most of the ingredients in your store cupboards. Do let me know what you think and if you have any more cheap eats recipes to share.

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