Stollen is another Christmas tradition - it is what I eat when half awake on Christmas morning with butter and lots of coffee - it keeps me awake while everyone opens presents at some ungodly hour ...
2 envelope yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water (105°F)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 cup milk, scalded
5 to 6 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup raisins or 2 cups raisins, apricots, whatever ..
1/2 cup walnuts
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water with sugar.
Let it proof for about 5 minutes
Stir butter into scalded milk; cool to lukewarm
Add milk mixture, 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and eggs to dissolved yeast
Stir until dough is smooth
Add flour to make a soft dough
Knead until dough is elastic
Place in a greased bowl and let rise until double
Divide dough in two and knead in raisins and nuts
Divide each half into three parts and braid
Cover and let rise again
Brush with beaten egg wash
Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes
Brush with melted butter and sift powdered sugar all over
12/19/07 I never make anything the same way twice ...
This time I added the fruits with the milk and eggs - and I used 2 cups of fruit instead of one