- Hands-on time:
- 20 mins. to 30 mins.
- Baking time:
- 40 mins. to 45 mins.
- Total time:
- 60 mins. to 1 hrs 15 mins.
- 2 stollen loaves
This riff on Our Easiest Stollen uses pumpkin purée to create a lovely, deep-gold pastry with nicely spicy notes. Toasted pecans and the dried fruits of your choice — we like golden raisins, crystallized ginger, and cranberries — create an Eastern-European style "fruit cake" with definite New England roots.
- 2 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt*
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- heaping 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- heaping 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter
- 1 cup pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of your favorite dried fruit, chopped in small pieces if necessary; raisins, dates, cranberries, crystallized ginger, and chopped apricots are all good
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted if desired
- *Reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon if you use salted butter.
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar or non-melting white sugar
- 1) Preheat your oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment paper.
- 2) Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a mixing bowl.
- 3) Cut the cold butter into small chunks, then blend it into the flour mixture to form uneven crumbs.
- 4) In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.
- 5) Toss the fruit and nuts with the flour mixture until evenly distributed. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing until most of the flour is moistened.
- 6) Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead it two or three times, until it holds together. Divide it in half; if you have a scale, each half will weigh slightly more than a pound (about 467g).
- 7) Roll each piece of dough into an 8" x 7" oval about 1/2" thick.
- 8) Fold each piece of dough roughly in half, leaving the edge of the top half about 1/2" short of the edge of the bottom half. Should you fold the long way, or the short way? The long way will give you a longer, narrower stollen, with shorter slices; folding the short way will give you a wider, fatter stollen, with longer slices.
- 9) Use the edge of your hand to press the dough to seal about 1" in back of the open edge; this will make the traditional stollen shape. It's also the familiar Parker House roll shape, if you've ever made them.
- 10) Place the shaped stollen on the prepared baking sheet.
- 11) Bake the stollen until they're very lightly browned around the edges, about 40 minutes. A cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean; and an instant-read thermometer will register about 205°F.
- 12) Remove the stollen from the oven, and transfer to a rack. Brush thoroughly with about half the melted butter. Sprinkle heavily with confectioners' or non-melting white sugar.
- 13) Allow the stollen to cool, then brush with the remaining butter (you'll have to reheat it), and sprinkle with the rest of the sugar. Let set for an hour or so, then wrap loosely in plastic wrap until ready to serve. Plastic-wrapped stollen will keep well for about a week at room temperature. For longer storage, omit the second butter/sugar coating; wrap well, and freeze for up to a month. Just before serving, sprinkle with sugar again.
- Yield: two 1-pound stollen loaves.
Tips from our bakers
- Unlike standard stollen, this version doesn't keep for weeks on end; we suggest eating it up within a week or so. The coating will gradually disappear, absorbed into the cake. If this has happened, simply sprinkle it with confectioners' sugar again, just before serving.