Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Christstollen (2)

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cake yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups scalded milk
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped citron
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: Germany

Linked Activities

Feasts

Seasons

Also Called: Christmas Stollen

This is a German Christmas bread whose criss-cross shape reminds us of the Child in swaddling clothes. The shape of the Christstollen is supposed to represent the Christ child. The folds in the dough on the top of the loaf should remind you of swaddling clothes. The Christstollen will need plenty of room so that the shape of the Child in swaddling clothes will be surely seen in the folds of the dough.

DIRECTIONS

Dissolve yeast and tablespoon of sugar in warm water. Cover and allow to rise. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and scalded milk cooled to lukewarm. Alternate with flour sifted with salt and nutmeg. Add yeast mixture. Knead until smooth. Add fruits and flavoring. Cover and let dough rise to double its bulk. Knead dough again. Shape dough into ropes about one and one half inches in diameter. For each large stollen make one rope three feet long and two that are two and a half feet long. Braid the dough. Bring the braid to a point at either end. Place the braid on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a hot oven (400°) for 25 minutes or until brown. This recipe will make two large Stollen.

Recipe Source: Family Advent Customs by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1979
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 13 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 15 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17