Stollen

Date Added: Wednesday July 27 , 2005
Hi Chef Steve, Sorry to take so long to let you know how much I'm enjoying the Stollen.

Our family got started on Dresden Stollen many years ago when my late doctor uncle started getting it for family members over 40 yrs. ago. He got it from the Paul Fisher Bakery in Portland, Oregon. I didn't think too much about it then, I think my uncle bought it way too early & it always seemed dry to me. A couple yrs. ago my cousin in Yakima, Washington started sending it to family members & we all just loved it.
My youngest son moved to N. Yarmouth. Me. last July after his companion had been killed by a drunken driver. They had planned to move back there & already had their train tickets, so he decided to go ahead & go back, altho he's never been east of Phoenix, AZ. Her family were all there & she was a native of Maine. I thought he'd be back in a few wks. but he loves it there, found a great job within a month & tells me all the snow & cold doesn't bother him.
Anyway just before Christmas he asked me about the Stollen my cousin Phil had sent. I started looking on the Internet, but couldn't find that particular company (Figi's) so looked more & found your site & the stollen sounded so good I decided to order it.
When my son got it in Maine he called & told me it was absolutely delicious. He then made a joke & said his Stollen had been stolen, referring to the person he's staying with had stolen it because she'd never had it & she too, had the same opinion as he did.
Before I ordered one for myself I rec'd. one from my cousin & it didn't taste as good as yours sounded on your website. I saved some of what my cousin sent & there is no comparison, whatsoever. Yours is so much better. I love it !

Hope I haven't bored you with this story, but wanted to let you know how this had started in our family. I hope to order more next season. I would rate it at least 10 stars !

Thank you so much for making such a delicious Stollen.
by Anne Shepherd, rated with 5 of 5 Quality Hats. What is this? (5 of 5 Quality Hats. What is this?)
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First made in Dresden, Germany around the 1400s, Stollen was made and shaped to represent the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. The bread was made without butter or milk and was a rather tasteless pastry. Still, it was a popular Christmas pastry for its religious significance, and from 1560 onwards, bakers would deliver one or two 36 pound Stollen to the Saxon king yearly.

 

Now, only 150 bakers are allowed to make the official Dresden Stollen, complete with the seal of the city’s famous king August the Strong. However, bakers all over the world have their own spin on both the original and the more modern recipes for the bread, and bake the dessert not only at Christmas, but also year round.


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