Christmas has just gone by, but I still have one Christmas-y thing to do - post my DB Christmas challenge.
|I only used a quarter of the recipe given by our host, then made two small Stollens.|
Blog-checking lines: The 2010 December Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Penny of Sweet Sadie's Baking. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers' to make Stollen. She adapted a friend's family recipe and combined it with information from friends, techniques from Peter Reinhart's book.........and Martha Stewart's demonstration.
|Stollen shaped like a wreath using kitchen scissors to form the segments as written in the challenge recipe.|
Stollen is a German Christmas bread that contains dried fruits, citrus peels, nuts, and sometimes marzipan, and heavily dusted with powdered sugar. It is similar to fruit cake except it's a fruit bread. This was my first encounter with the Christmas Stollen, so I was really happy I was able to participate this month's challenge despite the busy season. Once I got my dough done, that's when I got excited for the Stollen. The aroma alone of the dough makes you want to eat it. Unfortunately, I had to be patient proofing the dough; all the waiting was definitely worth it.
|My version of making a wreath shaped Stollen; I made tiny balls then arranged them alongside each other to form a circle.|
|A photo of the inside of my Stollen; I don't think the yeast worked it's magic as it should have been fluffier.|
On a different note, I'm still on my Christmas / New Year getaway in the 'land down under'. I'm really having a blast here with my family. I have many things to share with you guys, so I will definitely be blogging about my trip once I get back.