My easy Christmas Stollen recipe ("Weihnachtsstollen") is great when you're in a hurry - no yeast is used - and it tastes so-o-o-o good!
The traditional stollen recipes use yeast, require kneading, and need to rise twice before being baked.
This version of the stollen uses baking powder instead.
The German name for this is "Quarkstollen" aka "cottage cheese stollen".
It uses cottage cheese instead of the Quark, since it's not usually available outside of Germany.
It's a favorite not only because it's so quick, but it stays so moist.
Even though this type of stollen is a tradition for our German Christmas food items, it tastes great throughout the year.
But, somehow, I keep it just for Christmas.
That way, it really is a special treat that makes the Christmas celebration that much more special.
Make it as a longish loaf shape. Then press one side (lengthwise) down a bit so that when you slice the stollen (after it is baked) the pieces will have one side higher than the other. BUT, you can just keep it as a longish loaf as well. After all, looks isn't everything. :)
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