Kicking off the second half of the Challenge is the Solstice Stollen. I personally think you ought to finish one holiday before you start on the next, so I waited until AFTER Thanksgiving before baking for the Solstice.
We had Thanksgiving here. This is my turkey
We had a Thanksgiving brunch to watch the parade, and I used some Pumpkin Pie Brioche from last episode, which I had frozen, to make the Pistachio Twist, only I made it as sweet rolls. It was much easier and no explosion!
For Thanksgiving dinner I made some loaves of the Seeded Oatmeal Bread that Michelle made last time (we also had turkey and trimmings, to go with the bread).
Both were great.
With Thanksgiving behind us it was time for the Stollen. This is my second go at Stollen, I made it last Solstice. Stollen is a rich German sweet bread containing nuts, dried fruit, and such--it gets its name from Stollen, a wooden post or prop; so called from its shape.
Last time I used almond paste, this time I used marzipan. I also used some whole wheat flour I had freshly ground instead of the white whole wheat the recipe called for. I only made a half recipe, it was right after Thanksgiving, but I used the full amount of cardamom. In addition, while looking for the cardamom I came across some dried orange peel, which I threw in as well. I think it added a nice flavor.
Last year I noted that instead of baking your own, you could get a Stollen from Zingermans for $36, plus $8.99 shipping. You still can, or you can get one from Williams-Sonoma for only 29.95, plus shipping. With the marzipan and the dried fruit I figured that I had about $4 invested in my half batch, or $2 per loaf.
I rolled out the dough, formed a "rope" of marzipan, and "S" folded the dough over the marzipan. I used my 1x2 couche to keep the loaf from spreading too much.
It baked up nicely, and the marzipan formed a nice, but still off-center, tunnel.
We were also tasked with using the dough to make muffins. I cut some pieces of marzipan and formed the muffins around them. These worked out well too.
We particularly enjoyed the Stollen toasted, which brought out the flavors nicely.
So that completes the first assignment of the second half of the Challenge.
All of us here wish all of you a safe and happy Solstice.