Recipe: Stollen with macadamia marzipan

Macadamias and Christmas go hand in hand. This traditional Christmas bread is made all the more fabulous with the addition of macadamias and macadamia marzipan. Wrapped up in paper and tied with string, stollen makes the perfect gift. That’s if you can bear to give it away!

Stollen with macadamia marzipan
Serves 10-12

2 1/3 cups bread flour plus extra for flouring
1/3 cup caster sugar
15g (2 sachets) dried yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt
150g unsalted butter, softened
250ml (1 cup) full fat milk
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raw macadamias, finely chopped
1/2 cup sultanas
1/4 cup currants
1/4 cup cranberries
1/3 cup mixed peel
25g butter, melted
150g macadamia marzipan** recipe below **

25g butter, melted
2 tablespoons icing sugar

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Place the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add the softened butter and use your hands to rub the butter into the flour mixture to make a fine crumb. Add the milk, nutmeg, allspice and vanilla extract. Using a knife, bring the mixture together to form a soft dough.

Transfer to a generously floured work surface and knead for 6-7 minutes, adding more flour if necessary, until smooth and pliable. The dough will have a slightly rough appearance. If preferred, you could use an electric mixer with a dough hook to knead for 5 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise for 1-2 hours in a warm place, or until doubled in size.

Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface. Using your hands, flatten the dough to a large disc. Sprinkle with half the macadamias and fruit and use a rolling pin to press them into the dough. Fold the dough up and knead lightly before repeating with remaining macadamias and fruit. Lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough out to a large rectangle measuring 25cm x 45cm. Brush with melted butter and set aside.
Roll out the marzipan between 2 sheets of baking paper to form a 30cm x 15cm rectangle. Remove the top layer of baking paper and flip over onto the rolled out dough so that it sits flat in the centre.

Remove the top layer of baking paper and roll up the dough lengthways from the longest side of the rectangle to form a roll. Place the roll on a lined baking tray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and stand in a warm place for 1 hour, until puffed and slightly risen.

Preheat oven to 190°C. Remove the plastic wrap and place the dough in the oven. Reduce heat to 160°C and bake for 40-50 minutes, until the stollen is golden, cooked through in the centre and sounds hollow when tapped. It may be necessary to cover with aluminium foil during baking to prevent burning. The stollen will also be quite heavy so be careful moving it when testing for readiness.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before brushing with melted butter and dusting with icing sugar.


*Macadamia marzipan
Makes 400g (1 ½ cups)

This marzipan works beautifully with stollen.

1½ cups (180g) raw macadamias
1½ cups (200g) soft icing sugar
1 teaspoon rose water or vanilla essence or ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg white, lightly whisked

Place the macadamias in a food processor and blend to as smooth a paste as possible. Add icing sugar and rose water or vanilla and process to completely combine.

Add 1 tablespoon of egg white and process to form a ball. If mixture does not come together, add more egg white, a teaspoon at a time, processing well between each teaspoon until mixture comes together and forms a ball. If mixture becomes too sticky, add up to half a cup of extra icing sugar.

Remove mixture from food processor and knead into a log shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before using.

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