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Looking for Authentic (German) Stollen

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Jochen Oct 24, 2007 10:00 AM

I have been looking for really good German Stollen for the Holidays. I usually just come across the industrially produced kind, e.g. made by Bahlsen. Even the one they sell at Trader Joe's tastes very bad.

Any ideas for an alternative?

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    CorinneM1 RE: Jochen Oct 24, 2007 10:13 AM

    I have heard that Dinkel's makes an excellent stollen. You can even order online:

    http://www.dinkels.com/site/epage/165...

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      jbw RE: CorinneM1 Oct 24, 2007 10:41 AM

      Dinkel's also usually makes an appearance at the Christkindlmarkt in Daley Plaza(opens 11/22), where their stollen has, in the past, been on sale. I don't recall other bakeries having booths, but there could be additional ones this year.

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        Eldon Kreider RE: CorinneM1 Oct 27, 2007 01:17 PM

        We have been buying Dinkel's stollen for years, usually one with powdered sugar and one with cinnamon sugar. Note that Dinkel's produces a Bavarian style, not the Dresden style. From their web site for the cinnamon sugar version: "Our Famous Stollen is still made using our original 1922 recipe. The formula calls for toasted cashews, California almonds, juicy pineapple, golden raisins all dipped in rum and brandy before baking, then imbedded in a yeast raised dough. In the final step the Stollen is glazed with melted butter and lightly dusted with cinnamon sugar. And of course, our Stollen is free of trans fat."

        Dinkel's has been in the same family for three generations starting when the Lincoln-Belmont area was very German.

        Dinkel's Bakery
        3329 North Lincoln Avenue
        Chicago, IL 60657
        773-281-7300

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        GinaJ RE: Jochen Oct 24, 2007 10:46 AM

        The best Stollen available in the whole of the US I would say is the Stollen made by Sterntaler Bakery (www.sterntalerbakery.com). Moist, full of flavor and simply a delight. You would have to order online though. They are based in California.

        1. pierrot RE: Jochen Oct 24, 2007 01:32 PM

          I'm very fond of the stollen at Cafe Selmarie in Lincoln Square. I always take one home with me over Chistmas. They offer plain or with marzipan. They only make them in December, and it's best to place an order ahead of time, for a 1 or 2 pound stollen. If you visit them during the season they usually have some available to try, so you can be sure you'll like it.

          1. pathgeek RE: Jochen Oct 26, 2007 02:04 PM

            I was quite pleased with dresdenstollen.com last year. I purchased one to try and then used these for Christmas gifts. Not quite the same as the ones "in Leipzig oder Dresden gebacken" but about as close as I've found since moving here from Germany.
            I've also tried one from Zingerman's, which was also quite acceptable.
            I haven't tried Dinkels or Sternthaler (although, looking at the website, Sternthaler doesn't have the requisite sugar coating).

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              GinaJ RE: pathgeek Oct 27, 2007 09:34 AM

              If you like the Stollen form dresdenstollen.com - which is good - you will love the Stollen from Sterntaler Bakery. Tastes like the best Stollen baked in Germany (and I have tried a lot of them having lived most of my life in Germany). Never mind the powdered sugar coating which certainly would be the icing on the cake in the truest sense of the word.;-)

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                macjande RE: GinaJ Oct 27, 2007 05:47 PM

                Probably the best German Stollen in North America can be found in Montreal. This bakery makes the Christstollen after a traditional family recipe. All is handmade with love and you can taste it ! Real butter, the raisins are laid in real Rum. Trust me, this Stollen is as good as my mothers and she is german :-)

                The first Stollen i tasted directly in the bakery, the next year i managed to order one by email. They have an internet site now.

                www.lamiematinale.ca

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                  formosalily RE: GinaJ Jan 1, 2008 01:18 PM

                  After reading all the rave reviews about the stollen from Sterntaler Bakery, I placed an order for Christmas. I had high hope about how it tastes, but unfortunately was not all all impressed at my first bite. The first loaf I tasted was dry and hard and the taste is everything but special. Thinking I might just happen to receive an inferior loaf, I tried the 2nd loaf. Although it didn't taste as dry as the 1st one, it still didn't strike me as a tasty treat that I can't do without around Christmas time.

                  Is stollen supposed to be dry and hard? If not, I may give it a 2nd chance next Christmas - but my next order will go to Dinkel's instead.

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                Katherine_84f RE: Jochen Oct 28, 2007 11:37 AM

                What is considered traditional/authentic German Stollen? I used to make Stollen at Christmas-time .. essentially a very rich yeast bread with lots of eggs and butter, then I would knead in candied citron, golden and regular raisins, candied cherries, and a couple other things that I can't recall at the moment. Roll it out, brush half of it with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and fold over so it's vaguely loaf-shaped. No icing or anything on the top - it was rich enough like that.

                Is that an authentic version or something my mom created? Regardless, it's delicious!

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                  Berns RE: Jochen Nov 11, 2007 10:02 AM

                  I have been lucky with buying stollen at my neighborhood ALDI. it's made with persipan but quite good and sells for about 4.-. look along the with the breads. however, since they store breads and buns in 3 diff places, could be hard to find.

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                    stellamystar RE: Berns Nov 20, 2007 11:39 AM

                    I also have been impressed w/ ALDI selection of German foods. It's fun to try new things (and CHEAP!). I think I will pick up a Stollen. My stollen was in the front of the store this week.

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                    opa403 RE: Jochen Nov 11, 2007 10:14 AM

                    Edelweiss Delicatessen in Palatine has about 8 different brands of imported and domestic stollen. I usually get the ones that do NOT have marzipan, and where butter is a prime ingredient.

                    Edelweiss Delicatessen
                    131 W. Northwest Highway
                    847-359-7030 Closed Mondays

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                      brendastarlet RE: opa403 Nov 20, 2007 11:42 AM

                      I love Dinkel's for everything, not just stollen. Zingerman's sells a very good stollen, and you can let it get stale and make french toast out of it. My advice is not to go too cheap with stollen. It tastes better when made with butter and fine ingredients, not with the cheap candied fruit that some of them have.

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                        sloepoke RE: brendastarlet Dec 6, 2007 02:30 AM

                        Also, what about the stollen at Lutz Konditerei on Western and Montrose? I've not tried their stollen, but all their bakery is EXCELLENT.

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                      BRB RE: Jochen Dec 6, 2007 04:39 AM

                      According to the following post on LTH, Cafe Selmarie will be hosting a "Stollenfest" this weekend. I've never had it there so I cannot speak of the quality. http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

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                        Querencia RE: Jochen Dec 7, 2007 07:29 PM

                        Dinkel's for authentic German stollen, and Swedish Bakery for Julekaka, a less-rich braided Christmas bread with cardamom and candied fruit.

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                          JoanneHockett RE: Jochen Dec 8, 2007 01:44 PM

                          I second Sterntaler Bakery Christmas Stollen (www.sterntalerbakery.com). It was recommended to me recently on Chowhound so I ordered one online. Well, I am absolutely addicted now. The Stollen is sooo good: It is loaded with raisins and almonds, super moist and has this nice underlying twist of Rum flavor.
                          I served it to two German friends of mine who both agreed that this Stollen was as good or even better than the good Stollen they know from Germany so how good can it get.
                          I will just be sad when Christmas is over, because I won't be able to get myself any more Stollen.

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                            gnomatic RE: JoanneHockett Dec 9, 2007 07:13 PM

                            Sterntaler Bakery has a booth at the Mountain View farmer's market on Sunday mornings. They will be there until end of December. I overheard the owner mentioning that you can continue to order their stollens (though maybe not the Christmas stollen and the cranberry-orange) from their website after Christmas. He also said they are working on selling at Mollie Stone's.
                            I am addicted to their Praline stollen.

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