Recipe: Christmas Loaf

Basic ingredients


4 1/3 cups flour
1 to 1 1/2 cups milk
2.5 ozs. yeast
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. margarine or butter
3/4 cup sugar or honey
1 tsp. salt


1/2 cup candied lemon peel
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 lemon, grated for rind
1/4 cup rum
1 3/4 cups raisins


1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup Confectioner's sugar

  • Make a soft, pliable yeast dough from ingredients listed in the first section and let stand in bowl for 10 minutes.

  • Knead the spices, except the raisins, into the dough. When all other ingredients are equally distributed, add the raisins. Roll into an oval and place on a greased baking sheet. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Still on baking sheet, wrap dough well in aluminium foil and store in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator and take off foil. Sprinkle flour around the loaf to prevent the dough from spreading. Place loaf in a pre-heated 350-400 oven and bake 50-60 minutes, till pale gold in color. Remove from oven. Brush with melted butter and dust with Confectioner's sugar. Repeat until butter and sugar are used up. Stollen should have a thick, white layer.

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