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FRESH and Festive: Stollen

A German Christmas tradition, this sweet yeast bread is packed with raisins, currants, citrus and tart cherries. Usually eaten during the Christmas season, this scrumptious treat may also contain almonds and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon.  Stollen was designed to symbolize the infant Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and is very similar to Italian pannetone.

The original Stollen of the 1400s was not the delicious masterpiece that you will now find.   Because it was traditionally baked during the Christian Advent season, a season of fasting, it only contained flour, yeast, water and oil.  Butter and spices were banned from the bakery due to church restrictions.  Luckily, in the 1650s, a hero by the name of Prince Ernst von Sachsen successfully petitioned Pope Urban VIII to lift the restrictions on the use of butter during Advent. The restrictions were lifted only in Dresden, at the request of the bakers, and thus began a baking tradition that continues to this day.

Rum, fruit, citrus, nuts, spices and butter all mingle together to create a flavorful Christmas bread that has been lovingly prepared for centuries. It may be topped with powdered sugar icing, marzipan, or cinnamon and sugar coating.

Come and try FRESH Stollen this season.