Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sourdough Surprises: Stollen

Well, it seemed like a long time off from baking anything. My mother monopolizes Thanksgiving, and work took it's toll. But I had a whole week off and just in time to make some Stollen for December's Sourdough Surprises.

I don't have too many Christmas baking traditions. I make sugar cookies for my mother as a joke, as I mentioned a while ago. So it gave me plenty of time to make something completely new and different:

Without further ado:

Sourdough Stollen
Adapted from The Cheerful Agrarian
Makes 2 loaves
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
2 cups sourdough starter
3/4 Cup candied fruitcake mix

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and let proof overnight.
  2. Fold in fruit and pour into loaf pans
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

My first attempt, I halved the recipe...and it came out dense and almost blondie-like. I thought it would make a good biscotti, so I popped a slice in the toaster oven for 5 minutes. It didn't even brown. Time to try again....

It still didn't rise as much as I'd like (I suppose lack of use has left my sourdough starter a little too dormant). But taste wise they were wonderful. So good, in fact, that my mother consumed about 3/4 of the first loaf in an 18 hour span.

I've still got a whole container of candied fruit, so I may make this again in the not so distant future. And I officially made my New Year's Resolution:

Get back to baking!

Check out our other tasty takes on stollen!


  1. It's a really dense loaf. Everywhere I read said that it wouldn't rise a ton and had to be left for hours to proof. Some have so much fruit that I am not sure how it's all held together.

    1. Good to know it's not just me (although I've had similar issues in the past...all these years and I'm still getting the hang of this!)

  2. I love that you tried making biscotti out of it - brilliant! That being said, I bet it tasted lovely! And I fully support your New Year's resolution ;)

    1. Dense or not, it did taste lovely! thanks :-)

  3. Soo, what did your mother think? ;) I bet she was impressed!

    1. Ha, my mother only uses good/fine/okay interchangeably and never gives her full opinion...but based on how much she went through I know she liked them!