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Recipe for family meals :

Christmas Stollen
 

This recipes comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.

Ingredients

1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup mixed candied fruit, chopped
2 tablespoon brandy
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup ground almonds
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup cottage cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
whole candied cherries
whole almonds

Method
  • Combine first three ingredients and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Combine next 8 ingredients. Cut in butter with food processor or mixer until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Process cottage cheese in food processor or blender until smooth. Add cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla, raisin mixture, and walnuts to dry ingredients. Stir until moistened.
  • Shape dough into big ball. Turn dough out on floured surface and knead until smooth (2 minutes), adding more flour if necessary.
  • Roll dough to form oval about 12 x 8 1/2-inches.
  • Brush dough with 1 tablespoon melted butter.
  • Fold long side of dough over to within about 1 1/2 inches of the opposite side.
  • Place on parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350º for about 45 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Brush with remaining melted butter.
  • Transfer stollen to wire rack to cool.
  • Combine powdered sugar and milk. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bread.
  • Garnish with candied cherries and almonds

Makes 1 loaf

Martin James

 
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