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2013-12-19 02:34:43 AM
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2013-12-19 02:35:28 AM
Is that anything like a fruitcake?
 
2013-12-19 02:36:24 AM
Any and all Germain pastries are nothing compared to the mighty Sachertorte.

www.mojanitra.sk

And the Danish (I think) Risalamande.

greenloveblog2.edublogs.org
 
2013-12-19 02:38:32 AM
WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?
 
2013-12-19 02:39:00 AM
fta a rich and sticky fruit bread, usually anointed with rum or brandy, laced with marzipan and doused in icing sugar

Oh, yeah. I wanna eat it.
 
2013-12-19 02:41:39 AM

Brainsick: WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?


You know who else dealt in absolutes?
 
2013-12-19 02:43:27 AM

Notabunny: Brainsick: WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?

You know who else dealt in absolutes?


The Sith?.
 
2013-12-19 02:44:20 AM

Notabunny: Brainsick: WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?

You know who else dealt in absolutes?


Mr. Rogers?
 
2013-12-19 02:44:32 AM

Notabunny: Brainsick: WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?

You know who else dealt in absolutes?


Nein
 
2013-12-19 02:47:57 AM

CygnusDarius: Notabunny: Brainsick: WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?

You know who else dealt in absolutes?

The Sith?.


UsikFark: Mr. Rogers?


Brainsick: Nein


Wow. I was kinda thinking of my mom. But your answers are good, too.
 
2013-12-19 02:48:50 AM

Notabunny: Brainsick: WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?

You know who else dealt in absolutes?


That stupid star wars muppet?
 
2013-12-19 02:51:40 AM
Congratulations, England. You discovered fruitcake.
 
2013-12-19 02:56:21 AM
I made two versions this year, the one from Slate and a proper Dresdener from the 1950s Luchow's restaurant cookbook.
They're wonderful. Divine.

And I can tell you why they're stollen. Nobody can afford to buy all the ingredients!!!
 
2013-12-19 02:57:08 AM
My husband's grandma gives us one every year. It ends up left as an offering to the office breakroom gods. Neither of us like it.

/sorry grandma!
//it's waaaay too sweet
///over-sugared and over-slashied
 
2013-12-19 03:05:20 AM
Aldi's sells a respectable stolen, from Germany. Not as good as the ones I ate when stationed in Nurnberg during 1967, but quite acceptable. Many stolen have marzipan in them. They come in many varieties. I like the cherry, and the almond paste one best...
 
2013-12-19 03:07:36 AM
Spamvert.

So, pretty typical fail-fare.
 
2013-12-19 03:10:06 AM

HotWingAgenda: Congratulations, England. You discovered fruitcake.


Not at all. England knows all about fruitcake, and it's a hell of a lot better than the dry, tasteless crap sold in America as fruitcake. The traditional British christmas cake is a rich, moist, dense and extremely flavorful fruit cake.

Stollen is not fruit cake. It's closer to fruit bread. We got given Pannetone, a lighter Italian equivalent of Stollen, as a gift from our CEO at Christmas one year, when I worked for a major multinational in the UK, and while it was interesting to try, it is not something I would ever buy myself, and especially not pay a premium to buy. It's dry, relatively bland, and gets boring very quickly.

British christmas cake is infinitely tastier (and admittedly, infinitely worse for you.)
 
2013-12-19 03:15:52 AM
Brainsick
WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?


Well, there are variations and there are lots of recipes that use marzipan and/or at least almonds.


/not a fan of Stollen because I don't like "-at" in my cake (Zitronat and Orangeat = candied lemon and orange peel)
 
2013-12-19 03:20:05 AM

gweilo8888: HotWingAgenda: Congratulations, England. You discovered fruitcake.

Not at all. England knows all about fruitcake, and it's a hell of a lot better than the dry, tasteless crap sold in America as fruitcake. The traditional British christmas cake is a rich, moist, dense and extremely flavorful fruit cake.

Stollen is not fruit cake. It's closer to fruit bread. We got given Pannetone, a lighter Italian equivalent of Stollen, as a gift from our CEO at Christmas one year, when I worked for a major multinational in the UK, and while it was interesting to try, it is not something I would ever buy myself, and especially not pay a premium to buy. It's dry, relatively bland, and gets boring very quickly.

British christmas cake is infinitely tastier (and admittedly, infinitely worse for you.)


As long as it doesn't have a 3 foot layer of icing on that I have to peel off because I can't stand the stuff.
 
2013-12-19 03:21:03 AM
I'm doing high-intensity workouts all week just to prepare for Christmas Stollen.
 
2013-12-19 03:27:46 AM
My grandmother was German/Dutch and made a killer Stollen. it wasn't very sweet but had just the right amount of citron in it. Slather a bunch of butter on it and mmmmmm.... Hope my mom still has the recipe, I'd like to make some more and relive those vivid memories of childhood.
 
2013-12-19 03:31:11 AM

billybobtoo: Aldi's sells a respectable stolen, from Germany. Not as good as the ones I ate when stationed in Nurnberg during 1967, but quite acceptable. Many stolen have marzipan in them. They come in many varieties. I like the cherry, and the almond paste one best...


Came to say this. Before Aldi came to town I'd get one or two stollen a year from the German specialty place. Now I can afford to eat it all season. Aldi is awesome.
 
2013-12-19 04:15:14 AM

The Voice of Doom: Brainsick
WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?

Well, there are variations and there are lots of recipes that use marzipan and/or at least almonds.


/not a fan of Stollen because I don't like "-at" in my cake (Zitronat and Orangeat = candied lemon and orange peel)


I know there are variations, I just hate marzipan, quite irrationally, I'm sure
 
2013-12-19 04:19:42 AM

SickAsAParrot: As long as it doesn't have a 3 foot layer of icing on that I have to peel off because I can't stand the stuff.


To each, their own. I can't stand American-style sheet cakes and American-style icing either. And icing on British christmas cakes is extremely variable, from thick to thin, and from soft to extremely hard. It can also either be just the top surface, or all sides as well.
 
2013-12-19 04:59:33 AM

Brainsick: WTF does marzipan have to do with Stollen? My (German) mother made Stollen every Christmas for 20 years and never was there a hint of marzipan...is this another British abomination like the 'curry' they serve in London dives?


Dunno, but Aldi's sells with and without marzipan here in the States.

My Singaporean-German friend had the same reaction when I told her about it.
 
2013-12-19 05:18:29 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Dunno, but Aldi's sells with and without marzipan here in the States.


You guys have Aldis as well?!

The have no food worth eating (aside from the vegetables and fruit). The only plus are the diapers.
Or maybe yours don't carry the german brands of EVERYTHING like they do here.

And don't get me started on those stupid conveyors that stop abruptly at the cashier, so you better have broght an octopus to bag your groceries while they scan the barcodes.
 
2013-12-19 08:21:53 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk

"How about a little somethink from the oven?"
 
2013-12-19 09:50:50 AM
This got greened. Huh.
 
2013-12-19 10:02:05 AM

fusillade762: Is that anything like a fruitcake?


To the extent that it is a cake with fruit in it, yes. In all other respects, such as resembling a doorstop in texture, no.
 
2013-12-19 10:17:25 AM
My (American) wife is making an English-style Christmas cake this year, as she always does (my late mother's recipe), including fruit soaked for several days in brandy). Will post pic when available. I know US fruit-cake haters are gonna hate, but it really is nothing like hockey puck fruit cake in the US.
 
2013-12-19 10:43:22 AM
My Irish Granny used to buy us Stollen bread every year, it was always dry and tasted like crap.

I would love to try a well-made version though, it might be nice.

/Granny can't cook for crap
//Used to add sugar to Countrytime Lemonade
 
2013-12-19 11:16:08 AM
I would love a good stollen. It's been so long since I had one from the bakery on Rice street in St Paul.
Best non-homemade stollen I ever had.
 
2013-12-19 11:45:31 AM
We sell stollen, lebkuchen, and pannetone  around Christmas time. Someone will inevitably return them because they aren't  fresh.By which they mean they aren't chemically altered to be soft and squishy like all American baked goods. Idiots.
 
2013-12-19 06:32:26 PM
I'll stick with panettone with Amarena cherries.

/Thankfully bro lives in Italy and can get me the cherries cheap.
 
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