This is the first week of Advent, so it’s time to start Stollen production. I updated the recipe over the weekend (The changes are more minor than in previous years, but I still see places to improve it a little.), and made sure all the ingredients are in place. Butter was a big issue. Our supplier who is normally very dependable, didn’t deliver butter to us two weeks in a row so I had to get an emergency shipment yesterday. That’s ready to go now, so now I just need to get some almonds and ribbon for the packaging and we’ll be ready to go. The first batch will be ready for pickup on Friday, and we’ll be baking them every week until Christmas. We will do at least 2 bakes the week of Christmas.
For those who don’t know, Stollen is a German Christmas bread. It is very rich and buttery, filled with dried fruits and nuts and covered with more butter and sugars. It is one bread that truly improves with age. Some traditionalists feel it should be a month old before eating, but I personally prefer it about a week after it its baked. It’s not that it isn’t good the morning after it’s baked (when we start selling them), but the flavors do change and get more complex over time. Please start getting your orders in so you don’t miss out on this special bread.
Also this Wednesday, Hanukkah starts at sundown. We started baking Challah again on Fridays a few weeks ago and will be continuing that through the winter. We are baking an extra batch of it this Wednesday. Challah is braided egg bread. It is soft and tender, golden in color and slightly sweeter than most of our breads. It makes wonderful french toast. It is parve, meaning it doesn’t contain any dairy or meat products, so according to Jewish dietary laws, it can be eaten with either dairy or meat dishes.
We will be adding other holiday items to our product line over the next couple weeks, so check in often to see what is new. I’m also going to try to remember to take a few pictures add them to this post. So check back here next weekend if you want to see what Stollen looks like.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!