Stollen wreath

Cook: 25 mins Prep 40 mins + 1 hr 15 mins -1 hr 45 mins rising

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Cuts into 20-22 slices
BBC Good Food's show-stealing December 08 cover recipe - perfect if you fancy a change from the usual Christmas cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen uniced
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per slice (for 20)

  • kcal292
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars28g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.28g
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  • 85g raisin
  • 50g dried cranberry, plus extra to decorate


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 100g carton mixed peel
  • 4 tbsp dark rum
  • 550g strong white bread flour



    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 2 x 7g sachets easy-bake yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • pinch nutmeg
  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 85g butter, cut into pieces



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 250ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 egg, beaten, plus extra beaten egg to glaze



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 50g pistachio, peeled and chopped, plus extra, sliced, to decorate
  • 300g marzipan (bought or homemade)
    Marzipan cake



    One of mankind’s oldest sources of sweet pleasure, marzipan needs to contain only ground…

  • 100g fondant icing sugar
  • holly sprig, to decorate


  1. Mix the raisins, cranberries and mixed peel in a bowl, pour over the rum, then leave to soak while you make the dough. Tip the flour into a large bowl and stir in ½ tsp salt, the yeast, sugar, nutmeg and lemon zest. Rub the butter in until the mix is like fine crumbs. Warm the milk to hand-hot, then mix into the egg. Pour the milk into the flour mix, then stir with a round-bladed knife to make a soft dough, adding a drop more milk if needed to mop up any dry crumbs in the bottom of the bowl. Gather the dough into a ball, then knead for 3-4 mins on a lightly floured surface. Put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave until the dough has risen to double the size (about 45 mins-1 hr).

  2. Knead the dough 2 or 3 times, then roll out to a rectangle about 37cm x 17cm. Stir the chopped pistachios into the soaked fruits, then spread one-third of the fruit mix down the centre of the dough, leaving all the edges uncovered. Fold each side into the centre to overlap slightly. Press the edges with the rolling pin to seal, turn the dough, then repeat the rolling out and spreading of the fruit twice more. Roll out to a final rectangle that is 55cm x 16cm. Roll the marzipan into a sausage shape, so it’s slightly shorter than the length of the dough. Place it down the centre. Roll the dough over the marzipan, then turn the dough over so the join is underneath. Lift onto a buttered baking sheet, then curl the dough round a buttered 12cm round cake tin (see tip, below), brushing the ends with a little beaten egg and pinching them well together to seal.

  3. Cover and leave to rise for 30-45 mins or until puffy and doubled in size. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/ gas 5. When the dough has doubled, brush with beaten egg and bake for about 25 mins until golden. Cool on the baking sheet briefly, then transfer to a wire rack.

  4. Make up the icing. Stir 2-3 tsp water into the fondant icing sugar and, when the stollen has cooled, drizzle the icing over. Scatter over the extra cranberries and pistachios and decorate with holly.

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Comments (38)

majamcgill's picture

My first attempt and it came out perfect. This recipe is very simple and easy. The hardest thing was finding the huge list of ingredients! My mum is german and she said it was the best stollen cake she'd ever had so anyone looking for an authentic recipe...look no further.

317997's picture

My daughter and I made this delicious stollen cake, it was easy to make. We used a circle cake tin we had in the cuboard. The wreath looks good with a bit of holly for decoration - will definately be making this again. :)

youhumit's picture

I halved the ingredients to make this more manageable (and save the calories in the tum!). Like a previous reviewer, have incorporated the marzipan in with the mix: actually chiiled it then grated it to scatter on the rolled out mix. Also, soaked fruit in brandy, overnight, and added much more nutmeg to give a greater taste of Christmas!

My tips: 1) Leave even longer to rise (before baking) after shaping into tin (3/4 - 1 hour min) 2) Be sure to coat the end joins of the wreath with egg to prevent a split when removing from tin. 3) drizzle a little brandy over the cake well before icing for added warmth!

This cake works weel without the (expensive) pistacios; also have tried substituting raisins for choped dates - which are even tastier.

Make the fondant icing really thick (v. little water) before drizziling on cake. It will be much admired.

gervais's picture

Just made this for a second time and decided to 'dice' the marzipan so that it is spread throughout the stollen particularly when it is sliced otherwise you do get somewhat of a 'lump' through the middle. I also soaked the fruit in a little more rum and overnight and whereas last time I used an empty food tin for the centre I bought a cake tin which made the ring wider but each slice smaller. I will be making this again as above for Christmas this year, I just hope freezing doesnt spoil it.

gervais's picture

I do not have a very good track record with yeast cookery so it was with a little trepidation that I tackled this recipe. I followed it to the letter and faith in my ability has been restored! It was gorgeous and looked fabulous as well. I will be making this for Christmas this year if this trial run is anything to go by. My only question ,though I am not sure if the end result could be any better, is when the recipe says for you to knead 2-3 times what exaclty does that mean? Do you need to allow it to rise again between each additional kneading?

topcatsecretary's picture

This was a fabulous recipe as a seasoned cook & maker of celebration cakes I found the recipe easy & adapted the fruit as my sister hates mixed peel!! It froze beautifully & looked stunning put out for tea on Boxing Day and tasted divine. What was left kept really well in an air tight tin too. Definitely on the list for next Christmas!

joannepd's picture

Totally stole the show at Christmas . Looked and tasted fabulous .It was very satisfying to make and l will definitely be making it again.

katharinehjohnson's picture

quite fiddly though did look stunning when it turned out and was decorated.

seychelles6's picture

This looked fantastic but the big roll of marzipan in the middle was too much - next time I will use less marzipan or chop it up & mix it in with the fruit.

marychef's picture

Made this instead of the traditional Christmas cake and just the making was such fun!! I can't think in metric so my measurements were out by quite a lot. I found that I would like a bit more marzipan as its quite thin in some palces. Will surely make this again but maybe half the quantities. I can see us eating this well into the New Year!!

vickyhoughton's picture

I've already made this stollen twice and both times it has been given the big thumbs up. Needed to make sure the dough was rolled into a rectangle during the folding stage to make sure there was enough shape at the end to fold round the tin, so the circle didn't thin out at where the ends met. Definately worthwhile making and feeds a very large crowd

anya_eva's picture

Really good fun to make - though time-consuming. At first attempt struggled to get the ring to meet - it almost was a horseshoe, but after careful squidging it worked although in the end it was a little lopsided.... I would definitely recommend making it too long as I think this was my downfall to making it a perfect ring. Still looks really good though....

Very satisfying though, and looks really good.

bevan1's picture

I, too, found the fruit too wet, and it ended up "bursting" through the back of the dough during Stage 2, which then made it really difficult to shape.
I couldn't get it to stick in the ring shape, either (I used up a lot of egg!) - next time I make it, I will leave it as a sausage... (though there will definitely be a next time of making it!!)

kallywag's picture

This tastes amazing! It was quite easy too. Took on board the review about the fruit being wet and left the fruit in the rum for a couple of days in the fridge. Tasted really boozy then! Also, found brandy marzipan and used that instead, which worked well.

americanbeauty's picture

the 12 cm tin is used to form the hole in the middle not the whole stollen. The stollen is wrapped around the 12 cm tin not put in it.

judieh's picture

The rating is for a first attempt. I didn't have a proper sized ring, so baked it without and the centre wasn't entirely cooked, but wasn't raw either. Also, the fruit was a bit wet - next time, I'd either soak the fruit for longer or drain it before I add it in. Finally, 300g of Marzipan made an enormous sausage and I felt it was a bit much. I might either use less marzipan next time or roll two thinner sausages. Having said all that - for a first attempt at a difficult recipe, it still tastes fantastic and I'll be making it again before Christmas. I may update my rating after the next attempt!

dippydog's picture

This is gorgeous. It was a real hit with my family. Everyone loved it.
It looks so pretty and festive with the cranberries and pistachios. A treat for the eyes and very appetising.
I will definately be making it again for Christmas.

lmarisa06's picture

Would be useful to be able to see the 'tip' - it's not on the recipe and also a 12 cm tin is ridiculously small! What's the correct size?


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