Saturday, December 14, 2013

Kerststol (Dutch Christmas Bread)

Welcome to Day #6 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

I have been meaning to make Kerststol, the Dutch version of stollen or Christmas bread, for quite some time. Christmas week on the blog gives me the perfect opportunity, no? What a fun little project this was...

First, let me just say that I'm not a fan of candied fruit. Ick. But, give me some booze soaked golden raisins and cranberries, and I'm all over it. While there are many versions of Kerststol out there, it is versatile enough to make it my way.


1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup orange liqueur

1 cup milk, warmed to 110 degrees F. (bathwater warm)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup all purpose flour

all of the sponge
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon salt
4-4 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup almond paste

Combine the raisins, cranberries, and orange liqueur in a small bowl. Cover and let soak for several hours or overnight.

For the sponge, combine the milk, sugar and yeast in a medium bowl. Stir in the flour. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

The sponge will give this rich dough a little jump start....

In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sponge, butter, eggs, sugar, orange and lemon peel, the spices, and 4 cups of the flour. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment and beat the mixture until the dough is rough and shaggy. Drain the fruit and add to the dough. Switch the paddle for the dough hook and knead the dough at medium speed for about 6 minutes, or until smooth, adding additional flour if needed.

This is what "shaggy" dough looks like...

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm, draft-free area for 60 to 90 minutes or until about double in size.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Gently deflate the dough and divide in two. Cover one of the halves with plastic wrap and set aside. Roll the remaining dough into an oval shape, roughly 8 X 12 inches (do this over parchment paper or a silpat for easy transfer on to the baking sheet).

Divide the almond paste in half. Roll each half into a long rope, about 10 inches. Place one of the almond paste rolls lengthwise down the center of the dough. Fold the dough over the almond paste lengthwise, and gently pinch to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough and almond paste. Cover the bread with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. 

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.

The Dutch do love their almond paste. Try toasting a slice and then spreading the warm almond paste over the bread. Yum!

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     Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler by Juanita’s Cocina
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     Cherry Noir Noel by Noshing With The Nolands
     Japanese Blondies by Ninja Baking
     Peanut Brittle by Food Lust People Love
     Elf Nibbles by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
     Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookies with Salted Caramel by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
     Gingerbread Men Cookies by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
     Mint Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars by Mom’s Test Kitchen
     Penuche by Cooking In Stilettos
     Triple Orange Biscotti by Liv Life
     Homemade Caramels by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
     Kerststol (Dutch Christmas Bread) by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
     Tropical Toffee Brittle by Home Cooking Memories
     Chocolate Raspberry Linzer Cookies by Pineapple and Coconut

     Lemon-Pistachio and White Chocolate Biscotti by The Little Ferraro Kitchen

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  1. Wow! I love sweet Christmas breads, and the almond paste in the middle sounds awesome!

  2. I have candied fruit too! So, I can't wait to make this!

    Happy day #6!

  3. this brings back memories:-). Your bread looks great.

  4. OMG what an awesome giveaway! Cake Boss is the boss! I'd totally put all items to good use.

  5. I haven't seen a recipe like this before but it looks delicious! I wouldn't have thought to use almond paste in a bread but it definitely sounds like a good idea now!

  6. I would love to make this Kerststol. I haven't had it in years. After that, I'd make some Banket (almond paste in pastry. Yum!

  7. This is a great prize package! The first thing I would make would be some seasonal quick breads in the 6-Cup Mini Loaf Pan--maybe some nice orange-cranberry bread.

  8. This looks amazing!!! I've never made a "holiday bread"..well maybe challah, but this looks better lol

  9. I would love to make the Kerststol. Anything stuffed with almond paste grabs my attention.

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

  10. Cathy this is really impressive. I just love this recipe. I want to try this before the holidays.

    Thank you so much for joining us for Christmas Week. I love any chance to work with you. Such a pleasure. xx

    1. Kim--thanks for letting me much fun! :)

  11. Your Dutch Christmas bread sounds heavenly and I will try making it this holiday season. Thank you for sharing !

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