A sweet German yeast bread, stollen is packed with rum soaked fruit and marzipan and dusted with powder sugar for a winter look.

A sweet German yeast bread, stollen is packed with rum soaked fruit and marzipan and dusted with powder sugar for a winter look.Yes, another yeast Christmas bread. This time we’re talking a trip to Germany to enjoy a slice of Stollen also known as Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen.

Stollen, in a quick definition, is the yeast version of the American fruit cake. Most of the time it has a log of marzipan baked inside it.  It contains chopped fruit, chopped candied peel, sometimes chopped nuts (not mine) the log of marzipan and is flavored with fresh ground cardamom and or cinnamon. Sometimes finely grated citrus peel is added. Unlike the Romanian swirl bread, the bread itself is not a very sweet one, the sweetness is given by the dried fruit and also by the powder sugar sprinkled on top. Optional you can mix a powder sugar with few drops of water to make a thick icing and pour it over the bread.

Stollen recipe

I’ve also made a Panettone but time is running short and I won’t be able to share the recipe with you until the end of #25recipestoXmas. Can you believe today is day 23? Two more recipes to go and some amazing gifts!

And speaking of gifts, the lovely people at Silpat are offering to one lucky reader a half-size Silpain. Never heard of Silpain? It’s a little different than Silpat.

Silpain is made specially for baking bread. Just like Silpat it’s a non-stick mat but it has a gazillion of mini-holes allowing the water from the dough to seep through it on the baking sheet giving the bread a great crusty finish (now you can have a bottom crust as well, not just the top!)

For the giveaway details please scroll to the bottom of this post.

A sweet German yeast bread, stollen is packed with rum soaked fruit and marzipan and dusted with powder sugar for a winter look.



Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

6 hours

Yield: 1 loaf


Stollen - A slightly sweet German yeast bread packed with rum soaked fruit and marzipan. Dusted with powder sugar for a winter look.


  • 2 cups (240 grams) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) bread flour
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp (7 grams) dry yeast
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, chopped apricots, chopped citrus peel) (nuts can be added also)
  • 2 tsp rum (or 2 tbsp if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground cardamom (half of it can be replaced with cinnamon if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) butter (melted and cooled)
  • 2 eggs
  • ~ 1/3 cup water
  • 150 grams marzipan
  • powder sugar


  1. In a small bowl place the dried fruit (and nuts if you're using) and the rum. Cover with plastic foil and leave for a couple of hours or even overnight.
  2. In a mixing bowl sift or whisk the two flours. Make a well in the middle and pour 1/3 cup lukewarm water. Sprinkle the dry yeast on top and let it at room temperature until the yeast has dissolved and bubbles start to appear.
  3. In another bowl lightly beat the two eggs, mix in the sugar, melted butter (make sure it's cooled so the eggs don't scramble) salt and cardamom (and cinnamon if using)
  4. Add the dough hook to the mixer and add the wet ingredients to the yeast mixture. When everything is mixed in add the fruit with any remaining liquid (I had none, but if you're using 2 tbsp rum you might have some drops left) and slowly add enough water to make an elastic soft dough that cleans itself from the sides of the bowl. (I had to add 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp of water)
  5. Take the dough out and place it in a greased clean bowl. Cover with plastic foil and leave at room temperature until doubled in volume.
  6. Take the dough out and shape it into an 13X9 inch oval. Place the marzipan log in the middle and cover, lengthwise, with the other half.
  7. Place the bread onto a baking sheet, cover with plastic foil and let it rise again for 25-30 minutes.
  8. In the meantime heat the oven to 375F.
  9. Bake the bread for about 30 minutes until the crust is nicely browned.
  10. As soon as you take it out of the oven brush it with butter (optional).
  11. Leave to cool and just before serving sprinkle heavily with powder sugar.
  12. Enjoy!

For other Christmas treats check out #25recipestoXmas. You can also see the gallery on Pinterest or on Google+



Also, you might want to check out my friend Abeer’s Christmas Extravaganza

 1. Poppy seed roll (Makowiec) from Raven at Ravienomnoms

2. Annabelle’s ginger crisps from Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake

3. Chocolate cranberry skillet cake from Sandra at Sandra’s Easy Cooking

4. Chocolate cookies with candied fruit slices from Kate at Diethood

5. Pistachio and cardamom semifreddo with rose cream from Manu at Manu’s Menu

6. Rose syrup chocolate bark from Abeer at Cakewhiz

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And now the giveaway part!

To enter the giveaway use the rafflecopter form below. Please leave the mandatory comment or the other entries will be deleted.

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The giveaway is sponsored by Silpat. I was given a free Silpain to use in my kitchen. Opinions are all mine.

The giveaway is open until December 31st at 11:59 p.m. EST. The giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your mandatory comment. Winner will be announced on this post. I will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!



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  1. Anne says

    My favorite thing to do on Christmas morning is spend time with my spouse. I try to have some yummy sweet baked goods prepared for us so there’s no work, and we exchange gifts. Very low-key, very pleasant.

  2. Stephanie says

    I just started making “overnight” breakfasts, so now I love having a yummy breakfast for my family ready in the moning ,but being able to relax and enjoy every moment around the tree.

  3. Jan says

    Christmas is so much nicer now that we have a granddaughter! She’s only 16 months, so not into Santa yet, but wait til next year!

  4. Liz says

    What a spectacular Stollen, Roxana! I’ve never had one filled with marzipan…I think it’s time!!! So fun celebrating this Christmas Extravaganza with you!!! xo

  5. Liz says

    Guess I better answer the question ’cause I think I need a Silpain :) I like to enjoy a quiet, leisurely morning with the tree lit and my cup of tea (my big kids don’t get up till after noon!!!).

  6. Norma says

    We have a breakfast casserole that is put together the night before, set in the fridge, and baked in the morning. We have a leisurely breakfast of this casserole and a sweet bread or cinnamon rolls and relax for a bit before opening presents. It’s a wonderful, fulfilling way to start the day.

  7. says

    my favorite thing to do on christmas morning is have a fancy breakfast with pancakes, waffles, hot cocoas, croissants and all sorts of other goodies…hehehe

    thanks alot for bringing your stollen bread to my christmas extravaganza hun. i had never heard of this bread until now so it was truly something new and special!

  8. Jan says

    My very favorite thing to do at Christmas is watching my 5 little grandchildren running down the stairs to see the Christmas tree lite up with all their presents underneath! I sleep on their couch on Christmas Eve just so I can capture that moment! I did that last yr and in the fall they were already begging me to sleep over this yr. Lol.

  9. Linda says

    I enjoy on Christmas morning reading the birth of baby Jesus story from the Bible. Watching the kids open presents is also lots of fun!

  10. Erika Brown says

    My favorite thing to do on Christmas is be with the family. Laughing, watching the children open presents and eating good food. Oh and not to be forgotten baking lots of delicious deserts is what I love to do.I love family time during the holidays. BTW the stolen looks delicious

  11. Amanda Thompson says

    I love watching my dog play with his new toys and treats from his stocking while my husband and I enjoy extra large cups of coffee!!

  12. Hillarey Tulip says

    I love to cook a fabulous breakfast for my family after we enjoy the total chaos if gift opening. Christmas has such wonderful memories for me and I try to create those for my children.

  13. says

    On Christmas morning I love to wake up and open some presents with my fiancee, then we go to his mom’s house to open presents there and have Christmas brunch :)

  14. Diane Troxell says

    My favorite thing to do on Christmas is to turn the tree lights on and just stand there with my coffee looking at the perfect tree with all the perfectly wrapped presents underneath while Christmas music is playing and the Yule log is on the TV.

  15. Deanna G. says

    My favorite Christmas Morning tradition would have to be baking /eating orange rolls. A tradition passed to me from my Mom.

  16. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says

    Christmas morning my brother and I always get up really early and head down to ogle the tree and presents and just be generally excited! 😛

    I hope you had an amazing Christmas Roxana!

    • says

      Hi Kayle,
      Happy New Year! You’re off to a great start! You just won the Silpat giveaway. Please send me your address to send your Silpain baking mat your way asap!


  17. Megan's cookin says

    I like to make breakfast and watch my daughter open her gifts. The stollen looks perfect. I’d like to try it toasted!

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