'Gingerbread' Stollen

In which I bake my take on a German Christmas cake...

I normally try to experiment a bit with my recipes (unless I am making a family recipe). This one is based on a recipe in "Eating at Home German Style" but due to a lack of angelica in all the local supermarkets is spiced instead.[1] 

Ingredients

  • 25g fresh yeast or 10g easy bake yeast
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 90ml warmed milk
  • 30ml rum
  • 2 tsp almond essence
  • 3 tsp allspice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 400g plain flour (with spare for kneading/rolling)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g glace cherries, chopped
  • 25g currants
  • 50g glaced ginger
  • 60g cut mixed peel
  • 40g flaked almonds
  • Icing sugar
  • Marzipan (about half a block)

How-to

With Fresh Yeast

  • Mix yeast with water.
  • Dissolve 50g sugar & salt in milk.
  • Add rum, almond essence and yeast liquid to milk mixture.
  • Sift flour and spices into a bowl.
  • Make a hollow in the centre of the flour.
  • Add yeast mixture, egg, 75g softened butter cut small and the fruit and nuts.
  • Go to the mixing soft dough step below.

With Easy Bake Yeast

  • Sift flour and spice into a bowl.
  • Add sugar.
  • Add yeast & salt ensuring they are kept on opposite sides of the bowl.
  • Add warmed milk and 30ml water.
  • Mix.
  • Add egg, 75g softened butter cut small and the fruit and nuts.
  • Mix to soft dough.
  • Knead for 10 minutes.
  • Rise until doubled.

Dalek tea towel optional.

  • Knead again.
  • Roll out to 30x20cm oblong.
  • Melt remaining butter and brush over dough.
  • Roll out marzipan along the centre of the dough.
  • Fold the long edges to overlap.
  • Press together and taper ends.
  • Place on greased baking sheet and brush with butter.
  • Top with sugar.
  • Leave to rise until doubled.
  • Bake at 190°C (170°C for fan ovens) for 45 minutes.
  • Cool.
  • Dredge with icing sugar .

Tom Out!

[1] The Good Housekeeping Institute & Central Marketing Organisation of German Agricultural Industries. 1976. Eating at Home German Style. Germany: National Magazine Company.