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Vegan Christmas Stollen, my way! :)

on 07/12/2013
MMM!  A vegan Chrsitmas stollen!

MMM!
A Vegan Christmas Stollen!

I will repost my home-made Vegan Christmas Stollen from last year because it has had enormous success over the past & present year & it is that good to savour & easy to make too!

Recently, I had the idea of making a vegan Christmas Stollen. Normally, a Christmas stollen has dried glacé cherries, nuts, candied peel & dried fruit like sultanas in them. I don’t like a lot of these ingredients so I had to make & invent one, my way. I don’t know if you still can name it a stollen but I love it anyway! So did my husband Peter. I know that you all will love it too! :)

A crossshot of vegan heaven!

A cross-shot of vegan heaven!

Normally, a Stollen is a fruit cake, more like a bread, containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season. It is made with yeast, water and flour, and usually with zest added to the dough. Candied orange peel and candied citrus peel ,raisins & almonds, and different spices such as cardamom & cinnamon are added. Other ingredients, such as milk, sugar, butter, salt, rum, eggs, vanilla, other dried fruits, nuts and marzipan can also be added to the Stollen dough. Except for the fruit added, the dough is quite low in sugar. The finished cake or bread is mostly sprinkled with icing sugar. The traditional weight of a Stollen is around 2 kg, but smaller sizes are now available. I didn’t add icing sugar on top! I did it this way:

Yummm! :)

Yummm! :)

Ingredients:

65 gr organic light spelt flour

435 gr organic white bread flour

1 flax egg (= 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water, whisk well together, leave to be for 10 minutes, to form a sort of gel-like consistency, to thicken a bit instead of 1 egg! )

100 gr vegan dried cranberries

50 gr unsweetened coconut flakes

50 gr roughly chopped walnuts

100 gr dried soft apricots, finely diced

50 gr dried mixed tropical fruit, ( I used a mix of papaya, mango & banana )

50 gr dried dark sultanas

150 gr dark cane sugar

100 gr vegan butter, room temperature, cut into smaller knobs

225 gr warm soy milk, not hot!!

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt flakes, crushed + 1/8 teaspoon extra

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon of ground mace ( foelie in Dutch )

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

3 teaspoons of dried yeast

2 teaspoons of home-made pumpkin pie spice

200 gr of a good vegan & Gluten-free almond marzipan

Method:

1. Take your Kenwood & attach the dough hook. Place the 2 flours into the Kenwood bowl & mix. Add dried yeast, flax egg, vegan butter, brown cane sugar, warm soy milk & sea salt into the bowl. Knead until you have a soft dough, for a few minutes on medium to higher speed. You can also do this by hand. Stretching & kneading the dough well until you have an elastic dough but still soft. I took the dough, with floured hands, out of the bowl & scattered some flour onto my Silpat. I kneaded the dough for a few moments extra with my hands. It was perfect. I put it back into my bowl. While the dough hook was o & working, I added the dried cranberries, the soft apricot pieces, the coconut flakes, the dark sultanas & the tropical mix too. I also added the chopped walnuts to the dough mix. Mix well until all is beautifully incorporated. Stop the machine from time to time, to add the dough that is on the sides of your bowl & mix again. Add cinnamon, ginger, mace & home-made pumpkin pie spice. Mix well into the bowl. Flour your Silpat or your kitchen counter & flour your hands a bit. Take the dough out of the bowl & knead a bit with your hands until ready. This took only 1 minute. See that the dried fruits are all well mixed into the dough. Place the dough back into the bowl & place cling film over the top of the bowl & place in a warm place or above your central heating. That’s what I did. Leave it there to rise for the 1st time. I needed 90 minutes. If you have a very warm place, you will only need 60 minutes or so. The dough must be risen 2 its size! Check often!!

2.  Put the dough back onto your floured kitchen counter or floured Silpat & knock the dough back & flatten it out. See picture:

Flatten the dough!

Flatten the dough!

3. Shape your 2 rolls of marzipan, into a longer finer sausage shape & place them neatly in the middle of the dough, horizontally too. See picture:

shaping the marzipan roll

Shaping the marzipan roll!

4. Now, fold your dough around the marzipan pieces. Tuck, the ends of each dough side well over the marzipan pieces, like this:

The marzipan has been tucked in well! Just before the 2nd rise!!

The marzipan has been tucked in well! Just before the 2nd rise!!

5. Shape the dough like a bread. Place it on a special Silpat, especially for baking breads. Place it onto a baking tray. Place cling film over the top, loosely & place near a warm fire, to let it rise for the 2nd time.You want it to rise for 45 minutes or a bit more. When the dough is nearly well risen, preheat your oven to 180°C (350 F ) for 10 minutes. Place the dough onto your  baking tray, in the middle of your hot oven & bake for about 30 to 35 minutes. My Christmas stollen was ready after 35 minutes. My Stollen baked for 20 minutes on 180°C ( 350 F ) & then 15 minutes on 175°C. Test with a little pin into the center of your stollen, to see if it has been baked properly. It was! Otherwise, put it back into the hot oven. Transfer carefully to a wire rack or 2, to cool off completely. Just before serving, dust with icing sugar or not! Your choice! :) Enjoy it too, my lovely ones! xxx

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44 responses to “Vegan Christmas Stollen, my way! :)

  1. Adrian Lupsa says:

    It looks amazing! We usually do for Christmas a sort of pound cake with cocoa, nuts and Turkish delight. :)

  2. mmmarzipan says:

    amazing recipe! :)

  3. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ve never made a stollen! This is a great Christmas recipe and I love how it has a fantastic variety of dried fruits in it. It must smell really good as it’s cooking xx

  4. Must give this a try Sophie. Looks delicious.

  5. lou says:

    Hello Sophie,
    It looks again very delicious. Well done! Can I find under your Christmas tree?
    Mamalou

  6. Perfect! I prefer it without icing!

  7. Esther says:

    Amai Sophieke,
    Dat wil ik ook wel eens maken!
    xx

  8. afracooking says:

    I just love your variation on the tradtional stollen. I never understood glace cherries :-)

  9. Thanks for the delicious reminder!

  10. Georgina says:

    Stollen is my favourite sweet festive treat, and this looks like a lovely recipe. It’s good that it’s so large, too!

  11. Ina gawne says:

    Sophie – your stollen looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I love love love marzipan! Did you make a gluten free stollen last year? :)

  12. Yummy! Looks delicious!

  13. Koko says:

    This is gorgeous!! I would loooove to make your homemade stollen. It’s such an exotic and festive treat…I have only had a storebought one maybe once or twice in my life! I have very little time right now to blog or bake or cook as I prepare to go away but this is one thing I would love to make before Christmas….

  14. Liz says:

    Your homemade stollen looks very delicious and fresh. I have never made one but have eaten the one’s that lay on the shelf for weeks. What a great idea to make a fresh one. I have bookmarked the recipe. Have a great week!

  15. Sunny says:

    This looks absolutely delicious and one I will most definitely try for Christmas! Thanks for the idea, Sophie!

  16. I’ve only had Christmas Stollen twice Sophie. I really, really should make this. It looks SO festive and delicious!! :)

  17. I’ve still never eaten stollen, but for as long as I’ve known it existed, I’ve wanted to make one every Christmas. Now that your recipe has paved the way, perhaps this will finally be the year! It looks so good.

  18. I love that it’s snowing on your page and I love this post! I am so hungry now…

  19. Rika says:

    Wow…this is a pretty tasty Xmas Stollen, your festive treat is making me feel Christmassy already! ;)

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