Recipe by: Swiss Diamond Chefs
Stollen is a German holiday treat also known as Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen. We'll leave the pronunciation up to the professionals! The addition of raisins and dried or candied fruit to this bread gives it a colorful jewel-studded look, just perfect for a holiday dessert plate. Stollen recipes are passed down from generation to generation. You'll find different families have added their own unique twist over the years so there are many variations.
If you're ready to throw on an apron and make some homemade gifts from the kitchen, stollen is a nice change of pace from the typical sugar overload the holidays bring. Yes, it still has a sweet glaze on top but the bread component is a lot more dialed back than your typical sugar cookie. You'll appreciate the lemon zest coming through and combining with the raisin, pecan, and cherry flavors.
As a gift, stollen is pretty economical to make. The pecans are probably the most expensive ingredient. Pick up a few basic ingredients and maybe some pretty ribbon, crank up the carols and your holiday list will be done in no time. Enjoy!