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Recipe of the Week: Stollen

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Recipe of the Week: Stollen

With only a month left to the Christmas break we are starting some festive bakes, starting with Stollen.

Ingredients: 500 '00' flour
100g caster sugar
10g yeast
10g salt
150g softened unsalted butter
250ml warmed milk
1/2tsp ground nutmeg
1/2tsp ground cloves
1/2tsp ground sweet cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g raisins
100g currants
125g candied peel
225g marzipan

Method: 1) The night before you want to make this, soak your fruit in either rum or coffee.
2)Add the yeast to the warmed milk and give a stir. Put this to one side whilst combining the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl.
3) Add the softened butter and the milk to the bowl and mix to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
4) Form a bowl in the dough and add the soaked fruit, vanilla extract and spices. Collapse the bowl onto the fruit and knead until it is all combined. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover for about an hour to prove.
5) When the dough has doubled in size roll out to form a rectangle the same size as your baking tray. Roll out your marzipan to form a cylinder that is slightly shorter than your dough. Place the marzipan onto the dough and roll tightly. Cover for another hour and leave to prove.
6) When the dough is proved place on a lined baking tray and cook in a preheated oven at 160 Celsius for an hour. Check every 20 mins to ensure that your Stollen isn't browning too quickly, if it is then cover in tin foil until cooked.
7) When cooked brush with melted butter and sprinkle with icing sugar then leave to cool completely.

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