The thing I love most about any holiday is the extra time my husband, kids and I get to spend together. I love the ease of rolling out of bed in the morning and not rushing to do anything (except make coffee!), and leisurely taking our time munching on delicious foods and sipping beverages throughout the day… until evening hits and the last item on our agenda is to sneak in a few good flicks that coordinate with the season.
To prepare for my husband’s long weekend home from his day job, I spent all day yesterday baking and candymaking. We are well stocked for the upcoming few days… although I think we are already in need of more fudge. :\ One of the treats we had planned for breakfast this morning was this holiday bread. Fashionably jeweled with nuts and fruit, and lightly dusted with powdered sugar… I think it is quite obvious that I got this idea from looking at all of the beautifully studded stollen loaves permeating the internet this holiday season.
Although I have never actually had a taste of authentic stollen, my guess is that this recipe would be denser and more “nutty” than real deal. Like a “health nut” version of stollen :).
Wonderful sliced thin, toasted, spread with some jam, and enjoyed with a mimosa… and maybe some fudge.
Happiest Holidays everyone! ♥
Stollen Inspired Holiday Bread
First, before doing anything… prepare to make this one day in advance so that you have time for those cranberries to soak in the vanilla rum. It’s worth the wait.
The next day, once your cranberries are nice and plump, proceed with the following steps:
In medium sized bowl, proof together yeast with the warm non-dairy milk and sugar until frothy. Once frothy add in the olive oil, agave, prepared flaxseed meal, and soaked cranberries (including the remaining rum).
In separate, larger mixing bowl, sift together sorghum flour, brown rice flour, potato starch, teff flour, xanthan gum, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon. Form a well in the center of the flours and then pour in yeast mixture, stirring well to make a thick batter. Fold in chopped apricots and pistachios.
Grease a standard sized loaf pan and spread the batter into the pan, smoothing the top with a touch of water on your fingers if needed.
Cover lightly and allow to rise in warm area for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 °F and bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until top is dark golden brown (about the color of a flaxseed).
Let cool slightly, and then dust with (or douse in) confectioner’s sugar.
Slice thinly and serve toasted, or as is. But seriously, this stuff is so good when it’s toasted. :)