Stollen is a traditional German cake. It is a fruit cake made from chopped dried fruits, usually eaten during the Christmas season, when it is called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen. (Wikipedia)
Christmas Recipe: Stollen
325g strong white bread flour
7g sachet easy-blend yeast
45 golden caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
45g melted butter
100ml warm milk
100g soft dried apricots
100g raisins and sultanas mix
50g dried cherries
4 tbsp orange liqueur
100g pistachio nuts
60g dried cranberries
100 white chocolate, chopped
3 tsp icing sugar
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast and sugar.
Add the beaten egg, butter and milk.
Mix these together and when a ball had formed, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough had turned smooth and elastic.
Put in a bowl and cover with cling film and let it stand under room temperature for at least an hour, to give the dough a chance to double its size.
Now, put the apricots and the orange liqueur into a pan and warm for a couple of minutes so the apricots absorb the liqueur. Transfer into a bowl to cool.
Using a food processor, blitz the pistachios until finely ground, then add the cranberries, white chocolate, sultanas and raisins as well as the cherries and the apricot mix. Blend lightly for a few second just to combine.
Put these in a cling film and pat it into a roll, measuring 10 inches long and then put in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm it up.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees centigrade.
Meanwhile, roll out the bread dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll it into a rectangular shape measuring 11 by 7 inches.
Put the apricot mix on top of the dough.
Brush the edges with water.
Begin to fold the dough over the apricot stuffing. This should look like a Swiss roll or a log.
Be sure to press the edges to seal.
Transfer the log into a baking sheet and put in the preheated oven for half an hour or until the log has risen a bit more and had turned golden.
Cool on a wire rack and then dust generously with the icing sugar.
Enjoy and have a lovely, smashing Christmas.