Just wanted to bake something for the upcoming Christmas. Stollen was one of the options, but I usually buy some loaves of ‘NICE’ stollen from my favourite bakery. Hmmmm…. One day, a friend of mine gave me a piece of Starbucks’s Stollen Cake, which was really good! so I decided to make something similar.
150 – 200 cc dark rum
50 g dried figs
50 g raisins
50 g dried cranberries
30 g candied orange peel
30 g candied lemon peel
200 g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground mixed spice
100 g butter
85 g soft light brown sugar
100 g marzipan, cut into cubes
25 g flaked almonds, lightly toasted
25 g butter, melted
20 g icing sugar
dried or glacé cherries
holly springs, washed and dried
- Soak the figs, raisins, cranberries, orange and lemon in the dark rum overnight. Drain the fruits, and chop roughly the peels and figs.
- Preheat oven to 180 C.
- Tip the flour and baking powder into a bowl, and using fingertips, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, mixed spice, almond flakes and marzipan.
- In another bowl, whisk the eggs and put in the soaked fruits. Stir into the flour mixture and combine well.
- Spoon the dough into a lined loaf tin/dish and bake for 60 mins until well risen and golden brown, or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven. Brush with a half of the melted butter and dust with a half of the icing sugar.
- Allow it to cool for 10 mins, then remove from the dish and place it on to a wire rack. And again, brush the rest of butter and sift the icing sugar over the loaf. Cool completely.
- Decorate with the cherries and holy springs. If necessary, dust with icing sugar a little more before the decoration.
Hmmmmm… looks like a Christmas fruit loaf rather than a stollen cake…, but it does taste like stollen, and soooo good – even better? 😀 – with the flavour of rum, mixed spices, and chunks of marzipan. I found that, after it sits for a few days, it ripens and tastes better – it gets richer, more moist, and more flavourful. Do try this for the coming festivities!