Stollen is a German Christmas cake which dates back to the Middle Ages. It was traditionally given by peasants to their feudal lord as a tax in kind.
The cake’s distinctive shape, which it retains to this day, originates from “the Infant Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes”, who was venerated in Mediaeval Christianity. It is made from flour, butter, raisins, almonds, marzipan, candied peel, water, yeast, salt, spices and rum.
These Stollen are prepared from an old recipe belonging to a traditional bakery and are baked in cast-iron tins.
Stollen keeps well for several months. To serve, it should be cut into slices and offered with or without butter or cream. Stollen is Germany’s most traditional Christmas cake, and with a cup of coffee or tea, it is a delicious treat on a chilly Advent day.