Wow! I can’t believe it’s already December. Only two more weeks until Christmas. Or actually even less! So to embrace the Christmas season I made this German stollen with dried fruits, almonds, and marzipan. It’s so delicious and the perfect treat for Advent and the Christmas festivities. My recipe is of course 100% vegan. No butter, milk, or eggs required.
For those of you who have never heard of German stollen. It’s a sweet yeast bread with candied lemon and orange peel and marzipan in the middle. It has been a German Christmas tradition for centuries. My grandma used to make the most delicious Christmas stollen. Unfortunately, I never asked her for her recipe, but I always believed it was super complicated.
This year I tried to make a vegan stollen for the first time and it turned out to be so delicious!! And the recipe actually wasn’t complicated at all. Of course baking with yeast is always a bit more time-consuming as the dough needs to rise about two hours. But apart from that the recipe couldn’t be easier!
All you have to do is combine the flour with melted margarine, soy milk, ground almonds, instant yeast, and the spices. I used cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, and cardamom. So it’s a mixture of traditional Christmas spices. Form a ball out of the dough and let it rise for about two hours. So grab a cup of tea and a good book and let it enjoy some alone time in a warm place…
Once it’s ready gently fold in some candied orange and lemon peel as well as raisins and dried apricots. As a kid, I absolutely hated raisins and I spent quite some time picking them out of the stollen. But now as an adult I don’t mind them. I’m still not a huge fan and wouldn’t eat them just by themselves, but I really like them in the stollen.
The stollen is best served with some hot German mulled wine. Check out the recipe for the mulled wine.
I hope you like this recipe for German stollen or Christmas stollen how it’s also called.
Have a great week, everyone! Sina – xx