Monday, December 27, 2010

December 2010 Daring Bakers Challenge #47: Stollen Wreath

 I had a lot of problems this time -*-, well, all of them came from myself not a recipe. Because I prepared a mix fruit, (I use the one from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook, I really like it when I make Fruitcakes) for making Fruitcake for my sister, and I use all dried fruit that I had in my house!!!!! So I thought about to make or not to make this challenge.
And as I told you in my last post, I had a lot to do from the start of this month, I just forgot about the post date, it's an alarm for me when I had a chance to sit down and visit Daring Bakers' website, oh! I really forgot to make this.
So, my Stollen Wreath is not perfect, I forgot to put the almond into the dough (well, I read the recipe 3 times, but because I was so hurry I misread it). For the traditional Stollen, it needs a lot of icing sugar on top and I forgot, haha. It's not good at all when you're in hurry, there are a lot of fault. But I hope that I can make it better next time.
Because I had no other dried fruits to use, I use the one that I have, and I had to reduce the amount of the recipe. I made only 1/3 of the original recipe so my Wreath is very small, ^^.
Anyway, the Stollen is very delicious (and I think it will be a lot better if I made it right). The texture is soft and very easy to knead (because I made a small one I kneaded by hand). 
If you want to make these bread, plan to start it the day before you want to serve, because it need to rest in the refrigerate for 1 night before shaping.
The Stollen Wreath can be kept longer if you brush with melt butter and coated with icing sugar (3 times to make a thick coat so you can send it by mail to anyone as a Christmas present).
So, thank you Penny from Sweet Sadie's Baking, I will make a better Stollen Wreath next time.
"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 Wreath
Makes one large wreath or two traditional shaped Stollen loaves. Serves 10-12 people

¼ cup (60ml) lukewarm water (110º F / 43º C)
2 packages (4 1/2 teaspoons) (22 ml) (14 grams) (1/2 oz) active dry yeast
1 cup (240 ml) milk
10 tablespoons (150 ml) (140 grams) unsalted butter (can use salted butter)
5½ cups (1320 ml) (27 ozs) (770 grams) all-purpose (plain) flour (Measure flour first - then sift- plus extra for dusting)
½ cup (120 ml) (115 gms) sugar
¾ teaspoon (3 ¾ ml) (4 ½ grams) salt (if using salted butter there is no need to alter this salt measurement)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 grams) cinnamon
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
Grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
2 teaspoons (10 ml) (very good) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon extract or orange extract
¾ cup (180 ml) (4 ¾ ozs) (135 grams) mixed peel (link below to make your own)
1 cup (240 ml) (6 ozs) (170 gms) firmly packed raisins
3 tablespoons (45ml) rum
12 red glacé cherries (roughly chopped) for the color and the taste. (optional)
1 cup (240 ml) (3 ½ ozs) (100 grams) flaked almonds
Melted unsalted butter for coating the wreath
Confectioners’ (icing) (powdered) sugar for dusting wreath

Soak the raisins
In a small bowl, soak the raisins in the rum (or in the orange juice from the zested orange) and set aside. See Note under raisins.

This is my adaptation:
Makes 9 inches Wreath
20ml ............................... Water
3g .................................... Instant yeast
80ml ............................... Milk
50g ................................. Butter
260g ............................... All purpose flour
40g ................................. Sugar
2g .................................... Salt
1 ...................................... Egg
½tsp .............................. Orange zest
½tsp .............................. Vanilla extract
½tsp .............................. Lemon extract
100g ............................... Soaked dried fruit mix

To make the dough

 Pour ¼ cup (60 ml) warm water into a small bowl, sprinkle with yeast and let stand 5 minutes. Stir to dissolve yeast completely.
In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup (240 ml) milk and 10 tablespoons (150 ml) butter over medium - low heat until butter is melted. Let stand until lukewarm, about 5 minutes.
Lightly beat eggs in a small bowl and add lemon and vanilla extracts.
In a large mixing bowl (4 qt) (4 liters) (or in the bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment), stir together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, orange and lemon zests.
Then stir in (or mix on low speed with the paddle attachment) the yeast/water mixture, eggs and the lukewarm milk/butter mixture. This should take about 2 minutes. It should be a soft, but not sticky ball. When the dough comes together, cover the bowl with either plastic or a tea cloth and let rest for 10 minutes.
Add in the mixed peel, soaked fruit and almonds and mix with your hands or on low speed to incorporate. Here is where you can add the cherries if you would like. Be delicate with the cherries or all your dough will turn red!
Sprinkle flour on the counter, transfer the dough to the counter, and begin kneading (or mixing with the dough hook) to distribute the fruit evenly, adding additional flour if needed. The dough should be soft and satiny, tacky but not sticky. Knead for approximately 8 minutes (6 minutes by machine). The full six minutes of kneading is needed to distribute the dried fruit and other ingredients and to make the dough have a reasonable bread-dough consistency. You can tell when the dough is kneaded enough – a few raisins will start to fall off the dough onto the counter because at the beginning of the kneading process the dough is very sticky and the raisins will be held into the dough but when the dough is done it is tacky which isn't enough to bind the outside raisins onto the dough ball.
 Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling around to coat it with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
Put it in the fridge overnight. The dough becomes very firm in the fridge (since the butter goes firm) but it does rise slowly… the raw dough can be kept in the refrigerator up to a week and then baked on the day you want.

Shaping the Dough and Baking the Wreath
1. Let the dough rest for 2 hours after taking out of the fridge in order to warm slightly.
2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
3. Preheat oven to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4 with the oven rack on the middle shelf.
4. Punch dough down, roll into a rectangle about 16 x 24 inches (40 x 61 cms) and ¼ inch (6 mm) thick.
Note from dailedelicious: I roll the dough into 14x11 inches, and place 3¼ inches cookie cutter to keep the dough's shape. 
Starting with a long side, roll up tightly, forming a long, thin cylinder.
 Transfer the cylinder roll to the sheet pan. Join the ends together, trying to overlap the layers to make the seam stronger and pinch with your fingers to make it stick, forming a large circle. You can form it around a bowl to keep the shape.

Using kitchen scissors, make cuts along outside of circle, in 2-inch (5 cm) intervals, cutting 2/3 of the way through the dough.
Twist each segment outward, forming a wreath shape. Mist the dough with spray oil and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
Proof for approximately 2 hours at room temperature, or until about 1½ times its original size.
Bake the stollen for 20 minutes, then rotate the pan 180 degrees for even baking and continue to bake for 20 to 30 minutes (my Stollen bake sooner than this about 30 minutes). The bread will bake to a dark mahogany color, should register 190°F/88°C in the center of the loaf, and should sound hollow when thumped on the bottom.
Transfer to a cooling rack 

This is the part that I forgot, ^^"
Brush the top with melted butter while still hot.
Immediately tap a layer of powdered sugar over the top through a sieve or sifter.
Wait for 1 minute, then tap another layer over the first.
The bread should be coated generously with the powdered sugar.
Let cool at least an hour before serving. Coat the stollen in butter and icing sugar three times, since this many coatings helps keeps the stollen fresh - especially if you intend on sending it in the mail as Christmas presents!
When completely cool, store in a plastic bag. Or leave it out uncovered overnight to dry out slightly, German style.
December 2010 Daring Bakers Challenge #47: Stollen Wreath


  1. Wowww is so good kaa, look very yummy
    I want to have one ^__^

  2. Oh no, I skipped this months challenge due to my oven baking 24/7 for the past few weeks. It certainly looks nice!

  3. Great job with the challenge! Your stollen looks great!

  4. Your stollen looks so perfect to me, my dear!!!



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