When you are in love with German Stollen at Christmas time
You have to keep a good thing going with German Stollen 3 Ways!
The base recipe for Stollen Dough is one from my bakery days
Completely veganized so now everyone can enjoy this rich buttery bread
Loaded up with almond paste, fruits & spice!
So if you are someone who wants to stick to the traditional way of making German Stollen
The recipe below will make 3 loaves!
For the more adventurous folk, you must try the Stollen Breakfast Buns!
Stollen meets Cinnamon Bun in this unique way to serve Stollen for breakfast!
Last but definitely now least it’s Almond Cream Horns for dessert!
These turned out to be my all time favorite way to make Stollen!
You can of course cut this recipe in half or even into thirds
But I will have to warn you that is a mistake since you are going to finish one whole loaf before you can blink your eyes!
Not to mention giving a Stollen as a gift during the holiday season is such a beautiful way to share some vegan baking love with those you love!
So the recipe for Stollen Dough listed below will make all three variations or a triple batch of one variety!
Be sure to click through to each recipe link for the complete instructions on how to prepare the filling for each separate pastry!
Notes for Success & Substitutions:
Traditionally Stollen is made with fruits that have been soaked overnight in rum
I did not do that for mine since I have several friends and family that do not like alcohol
By soaking my fruits in apple juice this problem is solved!
However if you want to stick to the authentic recipe be sure to use a good quality spiced rum!
The only almond paste I will use in my recipes is from Olive Nation *loosely sponsored
Today Olive Nation has provided not only the highest quality almond paste for this recipe, but they also provided the candied fruits too!
Alternatively you can use a combination of raisins, currants, and even dates if you are not a big fan of candied fruits
Another topic for debate is whether to use almond paste or marzipan inside the loaf.
In my bakery we used marzipan which is merely almond paste that has more sugar added to it to make it creamier and more pliable
Nowadays since I am cutting down on my sugar intake, I prefer to use straight up almond paste
However you can always add a little bit of aquafaba or even water to thin it to a creamier (but still rollable) consistency!
Olive Nation has extended a 20% off discount for all of you, so if you have your eye on anything, not just the ingredients I used here
- For the Stollen Dough:
- Plant Milk *I am using Soy Milk 1 cup (240ml)
- Dry Yeast 1 Tablespoon
- Sugar ½ cup (100g)
- All Purpose Flour 4 cups (500g) + more for rolling
- Aquafaba 4 Tablespoons (60ml)
- Cornstarch 1 teaspoon (3g)
- Vegetable Oil 1 Tablespoon (15ml)
- Vegan Butter Soft 12 Tablespoons (170g)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Butter Vanilla Emulsion 1 teaspoon (5ml)
- Lemon Zest 1 teaspoon *approx 1 small lemon
- Orange Zest 2 teaspoons *approx 1 medium orange
- Salt 1 teaspoon
- Cardamon 1 teaspoon
- Allspice 1 teaspoon
- Cinnamon ¾ teaspoon
- Candied Fruit Mix 1½ cups
- Sliced Almonds ½ cup
- Good Quality Rum OR Apple Juice ¾ cup (180ml)
- For the Almond Paste Filling:
- Good Quality Almond Paste 1 lb (454g)
- For the Glazing of the finished breads:
- Vegan Butter 4 Tablespoons (60ml)
- Confectioners Sugar approx ½ - 1 cup
- Aquafaba for brushing the dough *optional
- Preferably overnight~ soak the fruits with the rum or apple juice
- Combine the aquafaba, cornstarch and oil together in a small bowl & set aside
- Whisk the yeast into the warm plant milk and give it a pinch of sugar, let stand 5-10 minutes to frothy~ this "proves" that your yeast is alive & you can use it
- In a large mixing bowl (or in your electric mixer with the dough hook attachment) combine the flour, spices, zests, sugar, salt, softened vegan butter and the aquafaba mixture and mix by hand o(r on low speed of your electric mixer) to combine evenly
- Continue mixing to develop the dough about 5 minutes on medium speed with your mixer or 10 minutes by hand.
- If the dough is still too soft and will not come together to a pliable soft elastic dough, add more flour a tablespoon at a time.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover in a warm spot for about an hour or until almost doubled in size.
- Drain the fruits & discard the liquid, add this to the dough along with the sliced almonds and knead by hand on a lightly floured surface until all the fruits & nuts are incorporated
- Divide the dough into 3 equal parts for 3 loaves (OR if you are making the other variations, click through to those recipes now)
- Divide the almond paste into 3 equal parts and roll each one into a log about 8 inches long (2" thick log)
- Roll each piece of dough into a rectangle or football shape and place the log of dough lengthwise not quite center but off to one side of the dough *see video tutorial
- Fold the dough over the almond paste log and press to seal the dough over each fold.
- Repeat with the other 2 pieces of dough & almond paste logs
- Transfer the Stollen Loaves to a parchment lined sheet pan and set in a warm humid spot to rise again
- Preheat the oven to 350°F once the dough has risen, brush them with aquafaba, then bake for approximately 30-40minutes
- The breads will be a nice golden brown
- Remove from the oven and with a skewer or toothpick poke holes in the breads then brush generously with the melted vegan butter
- Sprinkle a good amount of confectioners sugar over the warm breads with butter
- Cool, serve or wrap well only when cooled to COLD.
It will stay fresh wrapped for up to 1 week
For longer storage, freeze the baked breads, wrapped airtight for up to 1 month