Dresdner Stollen is a traditional Christmas cake in Germany since centuries and this is an original German recipe. The “Dresdner Stollen” is popular all over the world. This German cake has its own history. Have you ever asked yourself what it is actually symbolizing?
The form of the Stollen is supposed to symbolize the baby in the cradle, wrapped in linen. The Stollen recipe was created in Sachsen (Saxon). The making of the Stollen needs more attention than a regular dough done with yeast. You need to use all ingredients as listed, don’t change the measures or ingredients. Important seems the fact that you won’t using the ingredients directly out of the fridge. The ingredients need to be kept at room temperature, and some even bring them the evening before they bake, into a warmer room. Don’t forget it is a winter recipe and in Europe many rooms of a home used to be cold during the winter season due to low temperature and bad heating. Of course this has changed, still the recipe is based upon these facts. Happy Baking!
Ingredients Dresdner Stollen
1 kg flour
100 g yeast (fresh or dry; 1 package dried yeast contains 7 g yeast crumbs which equals 25 g fresh yeast;
1/2 l milk
200 g sugar
450 g butter
peel of a lemon (organic)
1/2 tsp level cardamon and 1/2 level tsp mace (I found a Stollen spice which contains all important spices, see picture)
10 g salt
500 g raisins (organic, no sulfur)
150 g currants
150 g chopped candied orange peel (orangeat) and candied lemon peel (zitronat); if you can find a mix of both that would be the best – find out how to make Orangeat and Citronat at home (very hard to find in the USA)
150 g chopped sweet almonds
30 g chopped bitter almond
100 g butter
100g coarse sugar
2 sachets vanilla sugar
125 g powdered sugar
Baking Instructions Dresdner Stollen
- Put flour into a baking bowl and make a pit in the middle; add the crumbled yeast with 2 tbsp sugar and some milk into the pit; with some flour whisk it to a “pre-dough”, cover it with a kitchen cloth and keep it at a warm place for 40-50 minutes.
- Mix flour and pre-dough with remaining milk and sugar, warm butter, lemon peel, spices and salt and whisk it really good until the dough peels away from the inside bowl wall.
- Boil water and scald raisins and dry them with a kitchen cloth or paper.
- Add raisins, currants, candied orange and lemon peel and almonds to the dough – knead them into the dough and form a ball out of it; cover it again and let it rest for 30-40 minutes, dough needs to rise.
- Again knead the dough very good, and let it rise for another 30-40 minutes, then form it into a Stollen.
- Preheat oven to 190-200 degrees C (375-400 F).
- grease a baking tray with butter and put the Stollen onto it, let it bake for 70-90 minutes until the surface is golden brown; if you see that it gets brown to early cover it with aluminum foil or greased parchment paper.
- When the Stollen is done, brush butter onto the surface.
and sprinkle first with coarse sugar than with a mix of vanilla sugar and powdered sugar – Done!
Below is a video of a German bakery – the Bäckerei Ermer – where they make the Dresdner Stollen; it is in German but they don’t talk – just watch them making the most traditional Christmas cake of Germany.