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Dec 13, 2010 12:48 PM

Momofuku stollen at Union Sq. gift market

Momofuku has their delicious holiday stollen again. I got it at a booth at the Union Square gift market, I don't know if they're also selling it at the milk bar. Delicious as ever, and Christina Tosi herself was running the booth. Nice person, great holiday eats.

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  1. I've not seen it at the Milk Bar EV this weekend or last. I believe it's only at Union Square.

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    1. re: kathryn

      The lines are shorter at the gift market anyhow if you can brave the cold! They are also selling 6-packs of cookies, tote bags, and some cute aprons.

      1. re: hungrycomposer

        Does anyone have a recipe? I live far away and hear that it's great stuff.....

        1. re: janeh

          I never attempted to make it, intrepid baker that I used to be. Milk Bar candies their own peel for the stollen, too much work for me in a cramped NYC apartment! Some things are best purchased...

      2. re: kathryn

        Yeah, it is only at Union Square apparently. I've heard it's amazing... I need to get over there and get some!

      3. Is this a traditional stollen or do they have some sort of unique spin on it?

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        1. re: JungMann

          It's like stollen except it's not leathery and it tastes good... They describe it as "boozy, fruity, sugary-sweet crunch". The ratio of fruit to bread is very high, and the bread is more tender (and less heavy) than other stollen that I've had in the past. The filling makes kind of a swirl in the bread. I can't remember what the exact ingredients are, except that they make their own candied peel. During the holidays I'm more of a latke maker than a stollen eater, but this could convert me. At least in terms of holiday eats.

          1. re: hungrycomposer

            Do they have it just on Saturdays, or on Wednesdays as well?

            1. re: FoodDabbler

              I bought it today. As far as I know, the Union Square Holiday Market is open 7 days/week and has nothing to do with the Greenmarket. So it doesn't operate on the Greenmarket's schedule.

              Btw, it's delicious. I have to ask my husband to hide it from me or I'm going to eat it all night!

              1. re: gloriousfood

                Thanks. Is this the kind of thing that would also freeze well? I'd like to buy one or three for immediate consumption, but also freeze one (if that seems like a good idea) to take to friends abroad on a trip later in December.

                And, what does it cost?

                1. re: FoodDabbler


                  As for the freezing, I don't know. I'd ask the person at the booth. Or call Momo up to find out.

                  1. re: gloriousfood

                    You can't call Momo directly. But they would definitely know at the booth, esp. since the fabulous baker who developed the recipe is often the one working there!

                    1. re: hungrycomposer

                      Do you know when their booth opens? I usually try to get to the greenmarket early on days I go there, but it won't pay enough stollen to get there too early tomorrow.

                    2. re: gloriousfood

                      the person at the booth says OK to freeze.

          2. I got to the market a little past 11. The Momo booth was zippered shut. The woman at the information booth next to Momo didn't know when they'd open. But, as my old childhood saying goes, "all good shtollen come to those who wait in the bitter cold." I waited. They opened a bit before noon. The young woman who unzipped the booth couldn't have been nicer or more apologetic. They had had some mixups that morning, she said.

            The stollen was well worth the wait. Thanks, hungrycomposer. It's fragrant and light (the stollen, not hungrycomposer), and laced heavily with pistachio paste (not traditional marzipan). The candied fruit and ginger fill your mouth with flavor. At $6 a loaf, it's also a terrific value. (Compare that with the very dry, whole-wheaty, stodgy version that Hawthorne is selling in the Greenmarket for $14.). My only complaint, a slight one, is that the Momo stollen is just a little on the dry side as well. That may be a function of when the particular loaf I cut into was made. Stollen keep reasonably well, but they do dry a little as they age.

            I asked about freezing. I was told they freeze well. I bought extra loaves, and I'll find out.

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              1. re: kathryn

                I wandered past the Momofuku booth today around 1:30 - no stollen, just crack pie & cookies. I wasn't shopping for it, so it's nuthin' to me, but in case you're planning a foray - get there early.

                1. re: small h

                  It would appear that I bought them all. I'd apologize, but I'm not really sorry.

                    1. re: FoodDabbler

                      Nor should you be. All's fair in love & stollen.

                      So kathryn, maybe you don't need to get there that early. You just need to get there ahead of FoodDabbler!

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Oh, you kids & your newfangled communication methods. My cell phone is so old it's powered by a team of oxen. I have to get my stollen updates the old fashioned way, by walking around.

                  1. re: FoodDabbler

                    Is it a big loaf or are they individual portions?

                    1. re: uniqueusername

                      It's a decently sized loaf, about 6" long, 4" high and 3" across (going by memory right now). Definitely not an individual portion -- unless you're in the habit of putting away a pound of stollen at a sitting.

                      1. re: FoodDabbler

                        well, I do like stollen alot... ;)


                    2. re: FoodDabbler

                      The person at the booth says that it should keep for about three days. I don't know if they bring 'fresh' ones every day.

                    3. I "tweeted" at Momo and didn't get a response: do they take CCs at the booth or just cash?

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                        1. re: FoodDabbler

                          Yep, they confirmed to me that they do indeed take CCs, and not just FoodDabbler's black card. ;)

                      1. A comment on the longevity of Momo stollen: they claim a shelf life of several days, but I've found that it dries out fast over the first day or two, then settles into a slightly dry, stable state over the next two days. I haven't had mine for longer, so can't say what it will be like after a week of keeping. It will probably be consumed before then, anyway. I have two loaves in the freezer that we'll only get to in early January. I'm curious to see how they emerge. There's another oddity about the stored, non frozen stollen. One of the loaves has developed a greenish tinge on one side. I can't imagine that it's mold, with all the sugar around the loaf, etc., so I think it's likely a safe leakage of the pistachio paste. If I post here again you'll know that's what it was. If I don't, you'll know it wasn't.

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                        1. re: FoodDabbler

                          With the caveat that I'm not a medical practitioner: Green mold, if that's what it is, won't kill you, unless you're violently allergic to it. So I expect you'll post again.

                          1. re: FoodDabbler

                            zip locked the stollen has three good days.