Old Fashioned Stollen Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 5 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling; mix in 1/2 cup sugar, salt, lemon zest, and butter. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. In a small bowl, mix together yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/4 cup water; stir into milk. Beat in 2 eggs and egg yolks. Mix in 3 cups flour. Cover, and let rise in a warm place.
  2. Mix in the raisins and nuts. Gradually mix in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Place dough in a well-oiled bowl, cover, and set aside to rise.
  3. Divide dough into 3 balls. Roll each ball out into a thick log, braid, and tuck the ends under. Place on a large cookie sheet, and set aside to rise one more time.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Brush beaten egg over the dough. It gives a shine to it.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.