Stollen is a delicacy typical for the region. It symbolises the baby Jesus wrapped in white swaddling. The cake was a nutritious sweet treat in poorer times and is still a wonderful Christmas dessert today.
Sultanas, almonds, butter, candied lemon peel… Even though they are all made from the same ingredients, each butter stollen has its own individual flavour. It’s the little baking secrets from great-grandma’s days that give it the special flavour.
If you’re not confident enough to bake a stollen yourself and don’t want to buy one, you can have one baked by a master baker according to your own recipe and with your ingredients at many small bakeries.
“Erzgebirgischer Weihnachtsstollen … baked with the patience of angels” – this is also on the credo at family-run bakeries who preserve the tradition of stollen baking. Stollenverband Erzgebirge e.V. wants to draw more attention to this traditional Christmas cake both regionally and nationally with its specially created “Erzgebirgischer Weihnachtsstollen” brand.
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