Easy Christmas Stollen

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 4, 2019.

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Ingredients:

Easy Christmas Stollen

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins or other dried fruit chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Heat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture to form crumbs; mix in fruit and almonds; set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together cheese, egg, vanilla, and lemon zest. Combine wet with dry ingredients, mixing until most of the flour is moistened.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead two or three times, until it holds together. Divide in half. Roll each piece into an 8-by-7-inch oval about 1/2 inch thick. Fold each piece in half, leaving the edge of the top half about 1/2 inch short of the edge of the bottom half. Press the top edge of the dough into the bottom edge to form a traditional stollen shape. Place on baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned around edges, about 40 minutes. A toothpick inserted in center should come out clean.

Remove from oven; transfer to a rack. Brush each with 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar. Cool. Repeat with remaining butter and sugar. Wrap in plastic wrap until ready to serve. Makes 2 loaves.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per slice (based on 8 slices per loaf):
250 calories, 13 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 5 g protein

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