Merry Christmas! to my blog readers, still some areas enjoying Christmas day or whatever is left of it. We, here in Tokyo are finishing up Christmas Day and once the day is gone….boom! our minds are set for preparations for New Years Day, which is more an important traditional day that this today Xmas.
To me….making ‘Xmas Stollen’ has become a regular chore, a mindset for Xmas. I still long for the quite cold Christmas in Ireland where I spend most of my days of youth, quiet and with the sound of carols and choirs.
Here are some behind the scenes of my ‘Xmas Stollen Making’.
クリスマスもあと数時間で終わってしまうと、、気分はすぐお正月に。ここ数年、毎年クリスマスには「シュトーレン」を作ることをmy行事にしています。毎年chako bakeryからの「シュトーレン」をお願いしますというご希望の声を頂くと心に力が湧いてきてまた今年も美味しいシュトーレンを焼こう!と励まされます。
今年は数量も多く、でも仕込み時間も長く、熟成したフルーツを使い美味しいシュトーレンが焼けたかと思います。

2017 Christmas Stollen

A batch of 30 stollens baked this year for friends and family members.

2017 Christmas Stollen

2017 Christmas Stollen

Baked after 60 minutes in low heat

2017 Christmas Stollen

2017 Christmas Stollen

Inner dough, the inner core filling

2017 Christmas Stollen

Outer skin wrapping the inner filling

 

My stollens are made over a span of a couple of days and months. People have often asked me about my recipe but since it tends to be a  ‘too’ time-consuming recipe; I’ve stayed away fron revealing the recipe as it just becomes a disappointment. Some of the processes can be seen below.

 

2017 Christmas Stollen

Pre-fermented 1st dough

2017 Christmas Stollen

Pre-fermented whipped butter

2017 Christmas Stollen

Fruit soaked in rum for over 6 months

2017 Christmas Stollen

Final combining and kneading

2017 Christmas Stollen

Outer doughs

2017 Christmas Stollen

Inner doughs (fillings)

2017 Christmas Stollen

Shaped to a Stollen

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