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Vegan stollen wreath on a sheet of white baking parchment on a blue surface with christmas decorations and lights.
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Vegan Stollen Wreath

Vegan stollen wreath – this impressive wreath is a lighter version of traditional German stollen bread. It is soft, delicious and full of rum soaked fruits and marzipan. The perfect centrepiece for a Christmas brunch!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine German
Keyword bread
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rising Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 10 People
Author Domestic Gothess

Ingredients

Soaked Fruit:

  • 100 g (3 ½ oz) raisins
  • 75 g (2 ½ oz) sultanas
  • 75 g (2 ½ oz) dried cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp rum

Dough:

  • 500 g (4 cups) white bread flour
  • 10 g (2 ½ tsp) fast action/instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 70 g (⅓ cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 300 ml (1 ¼ cups) lukewarm non-dairy milk (soy is best)
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 120 g (½ cup) softened non-dairy butter (I use Naturli Vegan Block)

To Fill And Finish:

  • 50 g (1 ¾ oz) chopped blanched almonds
  • 300 g (10 ½ oz) marzipan
  • 25 g (2 Tbsp) non-dairy butter melted
  • icing sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Mix together the raisins, sultanas, cranberries and rum. Cover and set aside to soak. Ideally you should do this the day before you want to bake the stollen.
  • To make the dough, mix together the bread flour, instant yeast, salt, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  • Add the finely grated orange and lemon zest and the lukewarm non-dairy milk. Mix to form a rough dough then knead either by hand or with the mixer until the dough is smooth.
  • Gradually knead in the softened butter, a little at a time, until it is all incorporated. Continue to knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. It should be slightly sticky but if it seems too wet you can add a little more flour.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and set aside to rise in a warm spot until it is doubled in size, about 1 ½ – 2 hours. Alternatively, you can prepare the dough in the evening and place it in the fridge to rise overnight then continue with the recipe in the morning.
  • Once the dough has risen, add the soaked fruits and the chopped almonds. Knead the dough until they are evenly distributed.
  • Divide the dough into two equal halves (I use a scale for accuracy). Roll one half out on a lightly floured surface into a narrow rectangle, about 45cm / 18in long.
  • Roll one half of the marzipan out into a sausage just very slightly shorter than the rectangle of dough. Place it on top of the dough then roll the dough up from one of the long sides into a sausage, fully encasing the marzipan.
  • Use your hands to roll the sausage out until it is about 60cm / 24in long then repeat these steps with the other half of the dough and marzipan.
  • Cross the two ropes of dough in the middle then twist them together. Shape the twist into a wreath and pinch the ends together to seal.
  • Place the wreath on a baking parchment lined baking sheet, loosely cover and set aside to rise until it is puffy, about 1 – 1 ½ hours.
  • When the wreath is nearly ready, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/gas mark 4.
  • Pick off any fruit from the surface of the wreath as they will burn in the oven, then bake for 45 minutes. If the top of the stollen starts to get too dark before it is cooked through, loosely cover it with tin foil.
  • When it is ready a probe thermometer inserted into the centre (but not into the marzipan) should read 94°C/201°F.
  • Brush the baked stollen liberally with melted butter then carefully slide it onto a wire rack to cool completely. Dust the top with icing sugar once the butter has set and again just before serving.

Notes

  • For the best results make sure that you follow the recipe closely. As always, I highly recommend using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup conversions. Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough for baking and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.
  • If you want, you can make this recipe into a traditional stollen shape rather than a wreath. Follow the step-by-step photos in my traditional vegan stollen post to shape it. This recipe will make two loaves.
  • You can either make the stollen all in one day, or make the dough in the evening and let it have it’s first rise in the fridge overnight then continue with the recipe in the morning.