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Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas Stollen Wreath

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I love making bread, and this one oozes Christmas with its festive shape and ingredients. You can use your favourite dried fruits and nuts, I chose to use a pack of Forest Feast 'Dried Cherries and Berries' and some roasted sliced almonds. Some Stollen breads have quite a bit of marzipan inside, but I prefer a smaller amount - I grate and spread it over the dough before rolling up.

The bread can be made ahead and frozen until Christmas Day, all you need to do is defrost it and pour over the icing on the day.

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Christmas Stollen Wreath
Inspired by a BBC Good Food recipe

I make the dough in my bread machine, but you could use a mixer with a dough hook or knead it by hand. Only add enough milk to make a soft dough.
You can also add spices and mixed peel if you want to make a strongly spiced bread.

1 sachet (7g) quick rising yeast
600g strong white bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
50g butter
1 egg
Approximately 325ml milk , you may need slightly more or less
Zest of 1 lemon
1 packet of berries and cherries (170g) or dried fruit of your choice

50g toasted sliced almonds, save a few for decoration
110g white marzipan, thinly sliced or grated
1 beaten egg to glaze, optional
A few cranberries to decorate, or take a few dried berries from the cherries & berries packet
6 tablespoons of icing sugar mixed with lemon juice for glazing

Put the first 9 ingredients into the bread machine, in the correct order for your machine (not the toasted almonds). My machine has a raisin dispenser, but you can add the fruit on the final kneading if your machine doesn't have one.
When it comes to the milk, you may need less or more, keep an eye on it and add as necessary to make a smooth, soft dough. I like to weigh the egg and then add the milk to come roughly to 360-370ml in total.

When dough is ready, roll into an rectangle, roughly 15cm x 40cm. Spread the marzipan evenly over the dough and sprinkle with the roasted almonds, reserving a few for the top. Roll up as if rolling a Swiss roll, from the long side.

Shape into a circle and join the ends up by squeezing them together. Place onto a greased baking tray and leave to rise until doubled in size.

Brush with beaten egg and bake in a pre-heated oven 180ºC/350ºF for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Add lemon juice to the icing sugar until it's just runny, pour over the bread and decorate with the cranberries and reserved sliced almonds.

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This is my entry into the Most Wanted Yule-Blog Bake Challenge competition from VoucherCodes 'Most Wanted' magazine. All you have to do is bake something Christmas themed to be in with a chance of winning a £150 John Lewis voucher. Entries must be in by today, Monday December 13 2010. You can submit your entries by emailing or post your entry up on your blog and email them to let them know it's there.

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Cathy said...

This beautiful bread is similar to one my mother used to bake for Christmas morning. You've brought back some lovely memories of very special Christmases.

Chele said...

I have to admit to not being a marzipan fan but this does look pretty amazing! Love the idea of it being in the shape of a wreath as well.

nic@nipitinthebud said...

oooh, that looks so good.
I love stollen and in spite it's ingredients I love nothing better than to spread more butter on my slice.
droool, drooool

Unknown said...

love ur first pic, looks awesome cake sounds divine!

Shaheen said...

Looks absolutely gorgsous.

I've not yet attempted stollen.

Good luck with your entry.

browniegirl said...

Oh my.............this is something that I could just die for. I love it. My most favorite part of the whole Christmas season...thank you so much for sharing...hugs and Merry Christmas to you Nic xx

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Damn, that looks wonderful, I don't stand a hope in hell's chance of winning now!!!

I made stollen yesterday for something else but it doesn't look this good.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This is so festive Nic. I wish I could just dig in right now but of course I would need to wait for the yeast to rise.

Deeba PAB said...

You are 'the winner' in my eyes lady! This stollen has just stolen my heart! It's fabulous and so are your pictures! Good luck Nic ...thank you for sharing this beauty!!

Maggie said...

The Christmas Stollen Wreath looks amazing.

Johanna GGG said...

beautiful bread - haven't seen stollen in a wreath before but it seems just right for the christmas season

Anonymous said...

I usually make Stollen for Christmas (though might try Pannetone this year for a change) but I love the idea of turning it into a wreath shape. I shall have to make a note of the idea! Thanks
'Meanderings through my Cookbook'

grace said...

stollen is so festive and tasty, and this marks the first time i've seen it in wreath form! well done, nic!

Patricia (La Chatte Gitane) said...

Thanks for this lovely recipe. Now I have another item for the hampers I will be giving as christmas presents.

Katie said...

Looks gorgeous and so festive.

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Thanks for an amazing & wonderfully tasty recipe!!

I will make this!!

Brownieville Girl said...

Looks fantastic - I just love Christmas!!

Anne said...

It looks really delicious Nic!

I love stollen, almost as much as I love christmas! Will have to steal a slice from you though as fear would eat the whole thing if I made it!


diva said...

Nic! :D How are you? So good to hear from you..this looks perfect. I'm loving that icing dripping over the top of the wreath. I miss a good stollen.

Cynthia said...

This is so inviting Nic.

Jeanne @ CookSister! said...

Oh Nic! I am LOVING the pictures, especially the first one! I never used to be a big fan of stollen, but I think that is because I hadn't had any GOOD stollen :o) Love the addition of cranberries - so festive!

Unknown said...

Love stollen and I think how you've shaped it into a wreath is fabulous.

Fitness Foodie said...

Really beautiful looking bread.
Happy Holidays!

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

Oh how I love stollen, you photos are BEAUTIFUL! Happy Christmas!

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

That looks delicious...and so festive!

Soma said...

probably the prettiest stollen I have ever seen. I am yet to bake. This is an inspiration!