I was introduced to Stollen by my German flatmate way back in my college days and it still is one of my favourite festive bakes. I created these easy Stollen buns for Christmas day breakfast and they were absolutely lovely.
This recipe makes quite a large quantity of dough. You can split it and create two different kinds of buns – mincemeat works really well as filling, as does cinnamon. This is a variation of my best cinnamon rolls recipe.
Try to use good quality marzipan and roll it out thinly – funnily enough Ikea do a great one, so remember than when you are stocking up on pickled herring.
75g | 1/3 cup unsalted butter 3 eggs, lightly beaten
500g | 4 cups white bread flour + more for dusting & rolling
100g | 1/2 cup light brown sugar 2 tsp dry active yeast
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
50g | 1/3 cup mixed peel
100g | 1/2 cup raisins
Zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
400g | 14oz marzipan (you may not need all of it)
Egg wash: 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp milk
6 tbsp flaked almonds for topping
Juice of 1 lemon + icing sugar for glazing (optional)
1. Put the yoghurt and butter in a small saucepan and heat gently until the butter is melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
2. Put all the dry ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix together briefly. Add the yoghurt and eggs and mix on medium-low speed using the dough hook for about 10 minutes. Alternatively knead by hand for about 15 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky and forms a glossy ball.
3. Leave the dough in the mixing bowl, (or put a large, lightly greased bowl) cover and leave for 1-2 hours until nearly double in size.
4. Tip dough onto a floured worktop and knead lightly to deflate. Add the raisins, zest and mixed peel and knead them in. Divide into two sections and keep covered.
5. Flour your rolling pin then roll half the dough out into a rectangle shape. Brush it with some of the egg wash.
6. Roll out half the marzipan into a rectangle about the same size as your dough. Place on top of the dough.
7. Roll the dough, starting from the short side, into a roll. Trim the edges. Cut into 8 even pieces using a pastry cutter. Place the buns on a lined tray (or a buttered dish as shown), spacing them slightly apart. Cover with greased cling film and let them rise about an hour. Repeat process with the remaining dough.
8. Brush the buns with the egg wash then sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.
9. Preheat your over to 190C/375F. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. If your rolls are colouring too rapidly, cover with some foil after 15 minutes.
10. Mix the lemon juice with enough icing sugar to create a thick glaze and drizzle over the cooled buns.