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Anja Dunk's Stollen Bites

Stollen landscape

I'm so happy to be sharing this amazing recipe from my friend Anja's treat of a book, Advent.

'Stollenkonfekt is something that has become popular during my lifetime. It’s basically mini bite-sized versions of the real thing. I like to make these moreish buttery confections with Quark and baking powder for ease, but these would also work with yeasted dough.

If you are new to the idea of Stollen, these might well be the best place for you to start.'

Duration
40 mins
Makes
35-40
Difficulty
Simple
Stollen landscape

Ingredients

  • 100g raisins
  • 30g mixed peel
  • 1 tbsp dark rum or brandy
  • 300g plain flour
  • 50g cornflour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¹⁄₈ tsp grated nutmeg
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 120g unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 200g Quark
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 220g icing sugar, sifted
  • 130g unsalted butter, melted
  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F. Line two large baking sheets with nonstick baking parchment.

  2. Put the raisins and mixed peel into a bowl, pour over the rum and set aside to infuse while you make the dough. Put the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir everything together until evenly combined. Crack in the egg, add the butter, Quark and dried fruit with the rum, as well as the vanilla extract. Mix everything together with your hands until a very soft, sticky dough is formed. Leave to one side for 10 minutes to enable the bicarbonate of soda to work its magic, then pinch off small, walnut-sized pieces and form them into little pillow shapes.

  3. Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2cm/¾in between each, and bake in the centre of the oven for 22–25 minutes until golden brown all over, turning the sheet around once halfway through to ensure an even bake.

  4. While they are baking, place the sifted icing sugar in a large shallow dish. Using a pastry brush, glaze each Stollenkonfekt with the melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven, then roll them around in the icing sugar (one at a time) until thickly coated. Place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Once cool and ready to serve, dust with more icing sugar. Stored in an airtight container, these will keep well for around a week.

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