Christmas Stollen
Recipe from Family Circle

This classic German fruit-studded yeast bread is distinguished by a rich sweet dough spiced with mace.



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Ingredients
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    Stollen:
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    3/4  cup 
    milk
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    1/2  cup 
    water
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    1/2  cup 
    (1 stick) butter
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    4 1/4  cups 
    bread flour (not self-rising)
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    1/2  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    2   teaspoons 
    salt
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    2   
    envelopes active dry yeast
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    1   
    egg
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    3/4  cup 
    candied fruit
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    3/4  cup 
    nuts, such as almonds, pecans and/or walnuts, chopped
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    1/2  cup 
    raisins
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    1   teaspoon 
    grated lemon rind
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    1   teaspoon 
    grated orange rind
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    3/4  teaspoon 
    ground mace
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    Topping:
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    2   tablespoons 
    butter, melted
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    1/4  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    3   tablespoons 
    confectioners' sugar

Directions
Stollen:

1.
Heat milk, water and butter in small saucepan until 120 degrees F on instant-read thermometer.
2.
Whisk 1 1/4 cups flour, the sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add warm milk mixture; beat on medium 2 minutes. Add egg and 1 cup flour; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until batter is stiff. Transfer to greased bowl; turn to coat. Cover with plastic; let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 1/2 hours.
3.
Combine candied fruit, nuts, raisins, rinds and mace in bowl. Knead fruit mixture into dough.
4.
Divide dough into thirds. On surface, roll third into oval, 10 x 8 inches. Fold in half lengthwise; curve each end slightly. Transfer each to greased baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Repeat with remaining dough.
5.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
6.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until bottom of stollen sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Let cool on rack.
Topping:

1.
Brush loaves with melted butter. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Dust tops with the confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 219, Fat, total (g) 8, chol. (mg) 23, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 33, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 5, sodium (mg) 207, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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