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Stollen Wreath Bread with Mrs. Kostyra

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At a traditional German Christmas table, stollen is likely to appear as a beloved part of breakfast or as a conclusion to the holiday meal. A stollen begins as a sweet, rich yeast dough, which is then accented with dried fruits and nuts, and baked until golden brown. This version, brought to us by Martha's mother, is served every year at the Kostyra family Christmas.

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  • MS10022250
    16 DEC, 2012
    I make this every year. I divide the dough in half to make two stollens and I hide a rolled strip of marzipan in the dough after the second rise before they go in the oven. Remember to Also use warm water for the yeast NOT hot. I made that mistake last year and it burned the yeast so it did not rise.
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  • burrumbe
    2 SEP, 2008
    I'll always remember her every time I do this recipe. Good for you Martha for honoring your Mom this way.
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  • Hippchick
    18 JAN, 2008
    This is the Stollen I remember from my early days in Chicago's richly ethnic West side ( Berwyn/Cicero Area). I have been searching for a recipe like this one for 25 plus years since moving to Idaho. Does anyone have a really good authentic recipe for Kolachcy?
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  • Mary_Ann
    6 JAN, 2008
    I've made babka's in the past but this was my first stollen. Instead of the wreath I made two traditional-shaped stollens from the recipe. I gave one to a friend who said it was the best stollen she ever tasted. We enjoyed ours as well. My husband said it reminded him of the stollen his parent's friends would bring each year at holiday time when he was a child. Praise indeed!
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  • Mary_Ann
    6 JAN, 2008
    I've made babka's in the past but this was my first stollen. Instead of the wreath I made two traditional-shaped stollens from the recipe. I gave one to a friend who said it was the best stollen she ever tasted. We enjoyed ours as well. My husband said it reminded him of the stollen his parent's friends would bring each year at holiday time when he was a child. Praise indeed!
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  • Mary_Ann
    6 JAN, 2008
    I've made babka's in the past but this was my first stollen. Instead of the wreath I made two traditional-shaped stollens from the recipe. I gave one to a friend who said it was the best stollen she ever tasted. We enjoyed ours as well. My husband said it reminded him of the stollen his parent's friends would bring each year at holiday time when he was a child. Praise indeed!
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  • kjasgmom
    25 DEC, 2007
    When my husband saw the show on how to make stollen, he was reminded of making holidays breads with his mother years ago. We made this recipe for his father and for my parents. It was fun to reminsce on old traditions while enjoying your recipe. I'm happy to say I'll add this one to my traditions. Best Holiday Wishes!
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  • IslandRanger
    17 DEC, 2007
    I've made "Big Martha's" stollen almost every year since seeing you both make it on TV. Reminded me of cooking with my own mother! My sympathies at your loss. This year, I made "stollen kisses," baking small amounts of the buttered, folded-over dough in paper-lined muffin cups and adding a vanilla glaze before serving. They disappeared! Island Ranger, Norwood, MA
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  • paimar
    13 DEC, 2007
    Dear Martha, I was very sad and impressed to learn about your mother`s passing away. Receive my deepest condolences. I know what if feels to loose your mother, but only God will help you go through this loss. Sincerely, Margarita Colon from Guatemala.
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  • Yorkie_7
    12 DEC, 2007
    I always loved these segements with Big Martha and have them all on tape! Made this and her stollen a few times! Mom and I would laugh making all that dough! I willl cherish these recipes and please publish a book of your Mom's recipes or a DVD Martha!
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