Christmas Stollen

sobota, 25 stycznia 2014

Christmas Stollen

Time: 3 hrs 55 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup sultana raisin
  • 1/3 cup candied red cherries, quartered
  • 2/3 cup diced candied peel
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 6 ounces marzipan
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • 1 In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk.
  • 2 Let stand until creamy (about 10 minutes).
  • 3 In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the egg, white sugar, salt, butter and 2 cups bread flour; beat well.
  • 4 Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  • 5 When the dough has begun to pull together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in the currants, raisins, dried cherries, mixed peel and the ginger and spices.
  • 6 Knead until smooth (about 8 minutes).
  • 7 Place the dough in a lightly oiled large bowl, and turn to coat with oil.
  • 8 Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume (about 1 hour).
  • 9 Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • 10 Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • 11 Roll the marzipan into a rope and place it in the centre of the dough.
  • 12 Fold the dough over to cover it.
  • 13 Pinch the seams together to seal.
  • 14 Place the loaf, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet.
  • 15 Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 60 minutes.
  • 16 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 Degrees C).
  • 17 Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • 18 Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and bake for a further 30- 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • 19 Allow loaf to cool on a wire rack.
  • 20 Dust the cooled loaf with the icing sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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