December 15, 2009

Quark Stollen

Stollen is a bread-like fruitcake made with yeast, water and flour, and usually with zest added to the dough. Candied orange peel and candied citrus peel,raisins and almonds and different spices such as cardamom and cinnamon are added. Other ingredients, such as milk, sugar, butter, salt, rum, eggs, vanilla, other dried fruits and nuts and marzipan may also be added to the Stollen dough. Except for the fruit added, the dough is quite low in sugar. The finished cake is sprinkled with icing sugar. (source:wikipedia)

Raindrop posted about a quark stollen some days ago, that she presented in a form of a cute Christmas tree. This made me want to bake that stollen. So here it is: my first stollen, but definitely not the last!

(recipe adapted from
150 g butter, room temperature
150 g sugar
8 g vanilla sugar
2 eggs
few drops of Amaretto

250 g quark
500 g flour
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon spice mix for Christmas cookies

15 g baking powder
3-4 tablespoon rum
250 g raisins
150 g candied orange and lemon peel

100 g sliced almond
melted butter and icing sugar

Soak raisins in rum for 2-3 hours. Whisk butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and eggs until foamy add amaretto, rum and stir in quark. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, spices. Stir the flour mixture, the
drained raisnes, the candided lemon and orange peel to the quark batter. Stir in the sliced almonds. Roll out the dough on a floured surface about 2 cm thick and fold the sides to the middle, then fold it in half and flatten it on one side. Bake for 50-60 minutes on 170°C. Brush with melted butter as long as it is still warm and sprinkle with loads of icing sugar.


Shari said...

This looks absolutely beautiful! I love it and can almost smell it. Great job!

chriesi said...

Thank you Shari!

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