Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Stollen











More snow overnight yesterday and today... along with some wind and drifting...











A perfect day to stay home and bake... after shoveling for about 45 minutes... I tell myself it is my workout and I don't have to do any weights that day...











Yesterday I wanted to try a Christmas bread... so, after much "mulling" over, I decided on Bavarian Nut Stollen. The recipe seemed pretty intricate; I don't know how many times I read the darn thing and still I didn't feel any confidence about getting started. I am notoriously slow in the morning anyway... my eyes don't seem to focus well and my brain never really kicks in before noon most days. Yesterday must have been one of those days......it took forever to get moving in the right direction...




















Once I did, I was on a roll.... the kitchen got pretty crowded...I had every conceivable appliance on the go.... and all the countertops filled with "stuff".... but, I was baking Stollen, guys.... which meant there were actually two recipes on the go. One for the basic egg twist bread..and the other for the filling and glaze.














..... finally I got my head around what the recipe was trying to tell me....and lo and behold... Stollen!










The recipe made two loaves...and they were HUGE! Hanging off both sides of my cooling rack. About 8 inches across and a foot long each. Oh, and......... sooooo yummy!














At one point, the recipe actually warned me to tidy up and get ready to knead... hahahhaha ... whew... thank goodness somebody said it and I read it aloud... .. ... actually I had to refill the sink plenty of times during my busy baking spree because later in the afternoon I moved on to tarts ... ...my hands feel like velcro...... maybe today I'll just dust, tidy and decorate ...

4 comments:

Guzzisue said...

what is it about stollen recipes? the one I usually use makes two big loaves as well, always end up taking one into work! This year I will cheat and get Biker Ted to fetch me one (with Ians help of course)

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Oh you deserve a medal for making stollen! I cheat and buy it ready made. I know that yours will be much better though. I bet is smells fantastic!
Please send some snow....we've got rain :o(

TattingChic said...

Your stollen looks lovely the way you twist it like that. You are a baking MACHINE the way you moved onto tarts later that day!

Linda Fleming said...

Looks delicious! What a busy little elf you are these days. Must have been quite a chore cleaning the kitchen after all your baking.