2 (1/4 ounce) packages Red Star Quick-Rise Dry Yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees F)
2 large eggs, room temperature
4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup candied cherries, cut in pieces
1/4 cup citron or candied fruit peel, finely cut
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Candied cherries, citron, candied fruit peel and almonds for garnish
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
Scald milk by heating to 180 degrees on stove.
Add sugar, salt and butter, stirring to blend. Cool to lukewarm.
In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water. Let stand about 5 minutes until
bubbles form; stir.
Add eggs, cooled milk mixture and 2 cups of the flour. Beat
by hand or with mixer until smooth, about 100 strokes or 1 minute.
Add fruits and nuts; blend for 30 seconds.
Add more flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough is formed.
Turn dough onto lightly-floured board; knead until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Place in buttered bowl, smooth side down; turn dough over.
Cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled, about 35 minutes.
Punch down dough. Shape into 1 large or 2 small stollen by patting dough into
oval shape(s), pressing out bubbles. (Two ovals will measure about 12 inches long
by 6 inches wide) Spread with 2 tablespoons soft butter. Fold in half, lengthwise,
and curve into a crescent shape. Press folded edge firmly with heel of hand so stollen
will not pop open during baking.
Let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes.
Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.
Frost with favorite powdered sugar glaze and decorate with fruits and almonds.