Easy Christmas Stollen Sweet Bread Recipe

Easy Christmas Stollen
Easy Christmas Stollen on First Rising. Photo © Elizabeth Yetter
  • 3 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs 30 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 2 loaves (20 servings)
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German stollen bread at Christmas time is an old tradition that was brought over to the U.S. by the Germans and Pennsylvania Germans. The recipes for stollen, a delicious sweet bread, can be very extravagant, however this simple and easy to make recipe for stollen is very easy to follow.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup water (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbs./2 pkg./1/2 oz. yeast (active dry)
  • 1/2 cup milk (room temperature)
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup butter (soft)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp zest (1 small lemon)
  • 5 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/2 cup candied fruits (mixed)
  • 1/2 cup almonds (slivered)
  • 2 Tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 cup sugar (confectioners')
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. In large bowl, mix water and yeast. Add milk, eggs, soft butter, sugar, salt, and lemon. Stir. Add 3 cups of flour and mix well. Slowly add in remaining flour, enough flour to make a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, adding more flour as needed until the dough is soft and smooth to the touch. Place dough in large greased bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so that the top is also lightly greased. Cover with clean cloth and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  1. Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto lightly floured board and knead in candied fruit and almonds for 4 minutes or until the bubbles are out of the bread. Divide dough in half for two small loaves, if desired.. Pat dough into a 1-1/2 inch thick oval. Fold in half. Set folded loaf on greased baking sheet and repeat with second half if you are making small loaves. Brush loaf or loaves with melted butter.Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  2. Bake loaf at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes or until the breads are golden brown. Remove loaves from sheet and let cool on rack.
  3. In small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. Put frosting on bread. Allow to set for another 15 minutes before slicing.

Bread Baking Tips:

  1. Lemon and orange zest can be gathered ahead of time. Make sure to only grate off the colored part of the peel. The white part, the pith, will make the bread bitter.
  2. Keep yeast stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Heat, moisture, and air kills the yeast and prevents bread dough from rising.
  3. Store flour properly to keep it from spoiling.
  4. You can use any type of milk in this recipe: whole milk, skim, low fat, etc. Milk can also be replaced with water and nonfat dry milk.
  5. Milk can be replaced with soy milk.
  6. There is a milk to dry milk powder conversion table. Use it to figure out how much dry milk to add to the water when replacing the milk in the recipe.
  7. Egg substitute can be used in place of the egg.
  1. Use bottled water instead of tap water to make your breads. Water softeners and chlorinated public water can sometimes kill the yeast needed to make your bread dough rise.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 189
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 61 mg
Sodium 155 mg
Carbohydrates 24 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 3 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)