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Oct 24, 2007 10:00 AM

Looking for Authentic (German) Stollen

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

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    1. re: CorinneM1

      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.

      1. re: CorinneM1

        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

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

        1. 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. I was quite pleased with 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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            1. re: pathgeek

              If you like the Stollen form - 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.;-)

              1. re: GinaJ

                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.


                1. re: GinaJ

                  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.

              2. 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!