The 2010 December Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Penny of Sweet Sadie’s Baking. She chose to challenge daring bakers to make stollen. She adapted a friend’s family recipe and combined it with information from friends, techniques from Peter Reinhart’s book and Martha Stewart’s demonstration.
When I read about this month’s challenge I was sure I was not going to like it because it instantly reminded me of panettone which I am not a fan of. Well, much to my surprise this was absolutely fantastic! The stollen was massive…the above picture does not do it any justice when it comes to size. I took a good size piece to work and then pretty much ate the rest all by myself for breakfast and the occasional snack over the course of a week. My stollen was studded with toasted almonds, coconut, dried pineapple and rum soaked raisins. Next time I will be more generous with the almonds and coconut so the flavors can be more pronounced.