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Christmas Stollen

(fruit bread/fruit cake)


  • Chop dried apricot raisin, and dried cranberries, enough to fill a one-cup size measurement cup - you can use any dry fruits you like
  • 1/3 c chopped walnut toasted (preheat oven 350 F, toast walnut for 5-10 mins, cool completely) - you can use slivered almonds if you like almond better, or a mix is fine
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • crushed of 3 pods of green cardamom
  • 1/2 c margarine/butter if using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to the mixture
  • 1 c cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp lemon oil


  • In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, BP, cinnamon powder and cardamom, then cut in butter into uneven crumbs, stir in mixed fruits
  • In another bowl, beat cottage cheese, egg, vanilla and lemon, until smooth
  • Mix cottage mixture with flour mixture, knead
  • Divide into two dough and shape into a log, place logs on baking sheet
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean
  • Transfer to cooling rack and brush top with 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • Then sprinkle generously with icing sugar
  • Let stollen cool to room temperature on the cooling rack, then brush again with more melted butter and cover generously with icing sugar
  • Wrap tightly with cling wrap and decorate with ribbon.