Sunday, December 26, 2010

Stollen Wreath- Daring Baker's Challenge for December 2010

This month Daring Baker's Challenge is by Penny of Sweet Sadie's Baking.  This challenged us to make this incredible Stollen.  Challenges are tough to face it but when it is a sweet challenge like Daring Baker's Challenge, I'm sure everyone will  love it, I truly enjoy it a lot every month when I check for a Daring Baker Challenge and more than that when I make it.

   Coming to this month challenge, Stollen is a traditional German bread made during Christmas, what an appropriate challenge during this month. Stollen is bread loaded with dry fruits and candied peel, some breads are also filled with marzipan. Just baking a stollen will fill your home with the scent of festive mood,  it smells simply great. Thank you Penny for the lovely challenge you have given this month.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes+ rising time
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves 8 to 10

All purpose flour- 375 g
Warm milk- 100 ml
Egg- 1
Active dried yeast- 7 g
Melted Butter- 50 g
Brown sugar- 50 g
Mixed dried fruits( raisins, cranberries, currant etc..)- 75 g soaked in orange juice
Cinnamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Grated orange zest- 1/2 tsp
Grated nutmeg- 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Melted butter for brushing on top
Icing sugar for dusting on top

Sift the flour in a large, add salt, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar mix it well. Make a well in the center, add the melted butter and warm milk and orange zest. Mix it with a electric mixer and make it into a smooth elastic dough. Now add the soaked dry fruits and fold inside the dough. Place the dough in a clean oiled bowl, cover with a cling film and allow it to rise for 2 hours or until doubled in size. Take the dough, punch the air back. At this stage keep the dough wrapped up in refrigerator for overnight.

 Next day take the dough and leave it outside for 2 hours to return to room temperature. Then roll the dough into a rectangle, roll it up like a Swiss roll. Join the two ends together. Using kitchen scissors make cuts along outside of the dough to make it look like wreath. Cover loosely with cling film, leave it in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  Preheat the oven to 190 degree Celsius. Place the wreath in the preheated oven and bake it for 20 minutes, then turn the wreath to 180 degrees and bake it for another  20 minutes.
  Take it out from the oven immediately brush with butter and dust it with Icing sugar. I also made few marzipan decoration.
Enjoy making your own wreath and have fun :)

This festive wreath goes to BBD 35, Yeastspotting, Bake- Off and Suma's Baking event.


Priya Sreeram said...

this is a beauty ayeesha --- u rock !loved the very nice explanation; am a very hesitant baker, but i have bookmarked this to try it out !

Fajeeda said...

nice one ayeesha.......will try it out soon.........

harini-jaya said...

This absolutely looks gorgeous!! I gotto try this..was wondering if I could omit egg in this recipe though..

Seema said...

Hey Ayeesha,

Beautifully decorated Stollen that has stolen my heart!!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Stollen looks so decorative and lovely..

Sanjeeta kk said...

Stollen has come out very well, perfect color and texture.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Beautiful stollen and very festive colors.. Great job on the challenge Ayeesha.

veena said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!Love the flowers too:-)

Mehnaz Kapadia said...


Lovely Clicks Ayeesha! M usually reluctant to try such recipes, but i must say u have inspired me to try this one! Jzkallahu khaira :)

Elaichii said...

What a beautiful bread! just amazing what a good baker you are!
BTW Congrats on your success in december's contest!

Suja Manoj said...

Looks festive..beautifully decorated,looks yummy.

Hari Chandana P said...

Looks beautiful and delicious.. amazing presentation !!

Hari Chandana
Indian Cuisine

Torviewtoronto said...

beautiful festive stollen looks delicious

suma said...

Its amazing to see how many shapes bread can be baked in! This looks just right for the Christmas festivities, thanks for the lovely entry Ayeesha!

Ambreen said...

Wow!!!Looks so tempting!Lovely pictures!

Suhaina said...

beautiful decoration. You have baked it so well .love it..

MC said...

Best looking stollen I have ever seen! Looks delicious too... I bet it was a hit on the holiday table!

Renee said...

Hey ayeesha..I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog. You are so talented. the stollen wreath and the bread basket are my favourites. Will keep coming to check your space, often. Do visit mine too (though it's nothing compared to this).


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