What is Stollen?

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Origins of Stollen

Stollen is the name of German Christmas cake made in similar tradition as Italian Panettone and English Christmas pudding. It is bread like consistency made with dried fruit then topped with confectioners’ sugar. Some Stollen have a marzipan filling. Other popular fillings include poppy seeds (Mohn) or Marzipan.

Stollen is usually available in the holiday season in anticipation of Christmas. Most local supermarkets stock them in the beginning of October each year The First records Stollen as made for the Saxon Royal Court in 1427.¹ Since then this German Christmas treat has evolved making use of much wider variety of ingredients including citrus peels and cardamom.


¹http://www.stollen-online.de/dresdnerstollen/geschichte-eng.htm.Accessed 02.11.2010.

Mohn Stollen
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1. on a board mix the flour, baking powder, ground almonds,
grated lemon rind, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, almond extract, vanilla extract, rum, pinch of salt and the curd cheese all together

2. add the butter and knead fast into a dough

3. now add the raisins and chopped peels and knead in

4. refrigerate for 1 hour

5. divide the dough in half

6. make the poppy filling

7. roll out the dough and brush with melted butter

8. spread the poppy seed mixture on top

9. fold the dough over to form a Stollen

10. bake at: 180 C ( 350 F / gas 4 ) for a good 1 hour

11. while still hot brush generously with melted butter and dust with powder ( icing ) sugar

12. leave to cool and store well in a cool place
dust with more powder ( icing ) sugar just before serving

Mohn Stollen Recipe


500g ( 18 oz ) plain flour, sifted
6 level teaspoons of baking powder
150g ( 5 1/2 oz ) ground almonds

  • 150g ( 5 1/2 oz ) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 2 eggs,
  • 150g ( 5 1/2 ) caster sugar
  • 250g ( 9 oz ) curd cheese
  • 250g ( 9 oz ) raisins
  • 110g ( 4 oz ) mixed chopped orange and lemon peel
  • the grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • a few drops of almond extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • extra: unsalted butter, melted
  • icing sugar

Poppy Seed Filling

  • 225g ( 8 oz ) poppy seeds
  • 150ml ( 5 fl oz ) milk
  • 110g ( 4 oz ) caster sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. grind the poppy seeds fine, the color will change from blue to black

2. heat up the milk to boiling point

3. pour over poppies and leave to cool

4. add the egg yolk, sugar, rum and cinnamon and mix together

5. whisk the egg white and fold into the mixture

6. use as described above

Recipe From http://www.myhouseandgarden.com/recipes/Mohnstollen.htm  Acessed 02.11.2010.

Stollen Ingredients
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Marzipan Stollen
Marzipan Stollen | Source

4. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the marzipan into a rope and place it in the centre of the dough. Fold the dough over to cover it; pinch the seams together to seal. Place the loaf, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and bake for a further 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow loaf to cool on a wire rack. Dust the cooled loaf with confectioners' sugar, and sprinkle with the cinnamon.


Recipe Soure: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/christmas-stollen. Acessed 02.11.2010.

Marzipan Stollen Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup sultana raisins
  • 1/3 cup red candied cherries, quartered
  • 2/3 cup diced candied citron
  • 6 ounces marzipan
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the egg, white sugar, salt, butter, and 2 cups bread flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has begun to pull together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead in the currants, raisins, dried cherries, and citrus peel. Continue kneading until smooth, about 8 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Where To Buy Stollen

Stollen is also popular at local Christmas markets to and can also be purchased online in good food or gourmet food stores.

A festival honouring the tradition of stollen making is held each year in the city of Dresden. Bakers form the country meet in Dresden to share in their stolen making skills. A large number or Dresden made stolen is also available internationally.

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6hotfingers3 6 years ago

Great hub on Stollen. I had the privilege of living in Germany for several years. I became acquainted with the decadent treat while living there. I was hooked on it. I also stumbled upon it in the U.S. in the international stores that are normally found in strip malls. Again I could not get enough of the desert. Its a winner over fruit cake because it is not as heavy. Well written Hub.

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europewalker 6 years ago

I love stollen, my mother was German and she would make it for us. Great hub.

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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks 6hotfingers and europewalker..glad you liked the stollen hub.Yes it is definitely quite popualr..and not as rich as chritsmas pudding. The texture is fairly light and it definitel has less sugar too making it a guilt free christmas treat compared to pudding.

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

They look like good recipes I will have to pop by near Xmas. I find shop bought Stolllen can be too stodgy

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vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

these sound so yummy, I have never heard of these before so I'm going to have to try and make some as I do have a sweet tooth. Thanks for sharing

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lilmissbookworm 6 years ago

I love stollen. The more marzipan there is the better. I will make sure to try these recipies this year. Great recipies can't wait to try them out.

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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the visit guys and girsl..seems like Stollen is quite popular...I#m not much of fan though..fin it to be a littel too dry though as lilmissbookworm sugested arzipan does add some flavor to it.

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WordCustard 6 years ago from Scotland

That Stollen looks so delicious, you've made me hungry! I'd like to try the marzipan one especially.

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translations 5 years ago from London, UK

Makes me look forward to Christmas already. Isn't it so typical, though, that all tasty things seem to be bad for you (or so we are told).

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kids-toy-box 5 years ago Author

Hi Translations...so true...but no harm in enjoying all things good with moderation.Thanks to tasty treats like Stollen and Christmas pudding it feels like Christmas has a smell of its own...sugar n spice and all things nice.

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