Recipe Finder: Christmas Stollen

Rick Seyfried from Columbia was looking for a recipe he has lost for making a quick Christmas Stollen bread that he found on a package of Jell-O vanilla pudding mix some years ago. He said that he has written the "Jell-O company to search their archives for the recipe to no avail." I searched the Kraft food website but could not locate a recipe for a stollen that used pudding. However, in my internet search I did find on an excellent quick and easy recipe for making a stollen. It is made with baking powder instead of yeast, so it requires no rising time like more traditional versions.

This simple recipe turned out a beautiful, moist and delicious bread, perhaps slightly less dense then the traditional yeast version, but with little difference in taste or appearance. I know I will be adding this one into my own holiday baked-goods file to make for my family and friends. It's a winner.


Bonnie Conrad from Pasadena is searching for an old Minute Rice recipe called "Country Kitchen Pie." The recipe was on the back of a Minute Rice box in the mid to late 1960s. It contained ground beef, tomato sauce, instant rice, minced onion, green pepper and cheddar cheese.

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Simple Christmas Stollen

Makes: 1 loaf (12 servings)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

7 tablespoons cold butter, divided use

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup chopped mixed candied fruit

1/2 cup raisins

1/3 cup slivered almonds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 egg

1 egg yolk

Confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in 6 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, candied fruit, raisins, almonds, extracts, lemon peel, egg and yolk. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Turn onto a floured surface; knead five times. Roll dough into a 10-inch-by-8-inch oval. Fold a long side over to within 1 inch of opposite side; press edge lightly to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet; curve ends slightly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter; brush over loaf. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition information

Per serving: 266 calories, 12 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 6 grams protein, 42 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 63 milligrams cholesterol, 131 milligrams

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