Holiday Stollen Recipe Video

As part of the Philadelphia Magazine Guide to Holiday Entertaining, Chef John Gallagher of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College makes his own holiday favorite, Stollen. Stollen is traditional German bread made with fruit and crusted with cinnamon and sugar.


Preparation Time40 MinCooking Time30 Min
Ready In1 Hr 10 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexJust EnjoyServings8
VegetarianMain Ingredient


 Bread flour24 Ounce
 Yeast3 1⁄2 Ounce
 Milk1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Sugar6 1⁄2 Ounce
 Butter1 Pound
 Lemon zest1 Teaspoon
 Cardamom powder1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Nutmeg powder1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Salt1⁄3 Ounce
 Raisins1 Packet
 Candied fruits7 Ounce
 Almonds6 Ounce
 Butter1 Cup (16 tbs), melted
 Cinnamon sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1543 Calories from Fat 718

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 82 g126.6%

Saturated Fat 45.2 g226.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 185.2 mg

Sodium 514.7 mg21.4%

Total Carbohydrates 186 g61.9%

Dietary Fiber 8.3 g33.3%

Sugars 78.7 g

Protein 19 g38.5%

Vitamin A 43.1% Vitamin C 3.6%

Calcium 15.9% Iron 17.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a large mixing bowl or on a flat surface, add the bread flour. Make a small well and pour in the milk, yeast, sugar and mix well.
2. Add the ground cardamom, nutmeg, lemon zest and butter. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour and mix well until starts forming a dough.
3. Add in the candied fruits, almond powder and raisins. Continue kneading until well incorporated.
4. Shape the dough into rounds and let it rest for 5 minutes.
5. On a floured board, place one round of the dough and using a rolling pin, roll out the top of the dough horizontally. Press the pin down on top of the roll but do not roll the dough. Remove the rolling pin and the dough should look like a potato chip.
6. Apply the egg wash inside the space and fold one side of the dough on top of the other. With a little pressure seal the sides of the dough opening.
7. Place this in a baking dish, cover with a towel and let it sit for ½ hour until it starts rising. Before baking it, lightly brush the outer portion of the dough with more egg wash and bake it at 375°F for 25 - 30 minutes or until dark golden brown.
8. Remove and cool slightly, then dip it in a bowl of melted butter and then into a bowl of cinnamon sugar.

9. Serve the stollen sliced into desired pieces along with tea, coffee or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.