Christmas stollen on a wooden board with a Christmas tree miniature and decorations on the side

Classic stollen

  • Cuts into 16 slices
  • A little effort

This gently spiced, festive bake is bursting with dried fruit and marzipan. A great homemade gift or afternoon pick-me-up

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Try our classic stollen recipe then check out our chocolate tiffin, mince pies and more Christmas baking recipes.

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Ingredients

  • whole milk 300ml
  • unsalted butter 100g
  • fast action yeast 10g
  • strong white flour 500g, plus extra for dusting
  • caster sugar 75g
  • sea salt 12g
  • mixed spice 1½ tsp
  • almond extract ½ tsp
  • flavourless oil for the bowl
  • dried cranberries 85g
  • dried mixed fruit 100g
  • blanched almonds 50g, chopped
  • orange 1, zested and juiced
  • marzipan 250g

TO DECORATE

  • butter 25g, melted
  • icing sugar to dust

Method

  • Step 1

    Warm the milk in a small saucepan to just below the boil, then remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Leave to cool to body temperature. Mix the yeast, flour, sugar, salt and mixed spice together in a large bowl. Pour the lukewarm milk into the dry ingredients and add the almond extract. Mix together, then knead on a lightly floured surface for 8 minutes or in a stand mixer for 5-6 minutes until smooth and stretchy. Put in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave for 1-2 hours to double in size.

  • Step 2

    Mix the dried fruit and almonds with the orange zest and juice. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in the fruit and nuts for 1-2 minutes, then roll the dough to a 30cm x 40cm rectangle. Roll the marzipan out to 20cm x 30cm. Put the marzipan on top of the dough, then roll up from the short edge like a swiss roll. Remove any dried fruit on the surface as these will burn. Put on a lined baking tray seam-side down, tuck under the ends and leave to prove for 45 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Bake the stollen for 50 minutes-1 hour. Once baked, brush with the melted butter and dust with a thick layer of icing sugar. Leave to cool completely.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 314
  • Fat 10.1g
  • Saturates 4.1g
  • Carbs 47.9g
  • Sugars 23.6g
  • Fibre 2.1g
  • Protein 6.8g
  • Salt 0.8g
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