Rye & Oat Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! If you’re not of Irish heritage, today is probably just another ordinary day to you. To the Irish, however, it is beyond the social stereotypes (leprechauns, pots of gold, four leaf clovers). It is not a day created just for wearing green, but a day of celebration with good food, drinking, and dancing. Although I’m not purely Irish (mainly German & Scottish), I have always celebrated St. Patty’s day each year. Unfortunately, that will not be the case this year.

This year we are facing the COVID-19 scare and as a result it has caused my usual local Irish celebration spot to close. Although I won’t be able to indulge in the delicious taste of the traditional dish of the day, corned beef and cabbage, I can still bring a little bit of Irish food to our quarantined table. Therefore, without further delay, I introduce to you my healthier take on Irish Soda Bread. One of my favorites growing up was Irish Soda Bread. It is a delicious bread that gets its name from its preparation method. Instead of rising from traditional yeast, Irish bread uses baking soda instead. Although there are a few different methods for making traditional Irish soda bread, I chose to go the clean route so it will fit my current nutrition goals.

If you know me, you know every food I eat must be made from clean (no-GMO/organic) ingredients. The food must also be made of healthy ingredients that are able to fit into my macro balance for the day. This bread, although not quite traditional, checks off all of those requirements. It is primarily made up of a rye and oat flour blend that is naturally sweetened with raw honey. The addition of rolled oats incorporates more heart healthy fiber and unsweetened cranberries lend a delightful pop of tartness. It is a clean and healthy bread that can be used as a side to coffee for breakfast, a snack with tea in the afternoon, or a late night, guilt-free nibble. With everyone staying home to stop the spread of the virus, you will surely have plenty of free time to bake up this bread. If you still want to enjoy some Irish food without any of the guilt this St. Patty’s Day, try your hand at making this quick and easy soda bread!

Rye & Oat Irish Soda Bread


Ingredients

  • 2½ cups Rye Flour; divided
  • 1½ cups Oat Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¾ tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 egg; beaten
  • 1¾ cups Buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp. Raw Honey
  • 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats; divided
  • ½ cup dried unsweetened Cranberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 2¼ cups rye flour, oat flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, honey, and oil. Add to the dry mixture and stir until a dough forms. Add ½ cup oats and cranberries. Mix until well combined. The dough will still be slightly sticky.
  4. On a cleans surface, sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup rye flour. Scrape dough onto floured surface and knead a few times to incorporate the flour. Knead until dough is soft but still slightly sticky.
  5. Form dough into a long oval shape and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the top of the dough with the remaining 2 tbsp. of oats. Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow “X” in the middle of the dough.
  6. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a slight hollow sound is made when bread is tapped. Allow bread to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Per Serving (1 slice): 208 Calories; 7 g Protein; 6 g Total Fat; 1 g Sat. Fat; 7 g Fiber; 231 mg Sodium; 9 g Sugar; 34 g Carbs; 17 mg Cholesterol.

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: H. BAINBRIDGE
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Pumpkin Pie Bread

During the holiday season, there are a few signature items that will come to the mind of almost anyone. Pumpkin pie happens to be one of those items. Whether you enjoy it at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or both, it is on the menu of most households at some point towards the end of each year. My family always enjoys pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but this year I decided to shake things up and serve this delicious, healthier bread instead.

As much as I love a traditional pumpkin pie at the holidays, I also love to try new, cleaner items inspired by the flavors I already know and love. Luckily, cans of organic puree are very cost effective this time of year, allowing me to get rather creative and try some fun, pumpkin-centric dishes. Not just limited to desserts, pumpkin has found its way into my soup, pasta sauce, Greek yogurt, and morning oatmeal. Whether savory or sweet, I love me some good ole pumpkin. But you don’t need to be pumpkin’s #1 fan to love this bread. Other than the traditional pie, it really doesn’t get much more classic than this moist, sweet loaf of pumpkin bread.

Just like the tried and true methods of traditional pie recipes, this bread is infused with the flavors of warm fall spices and is perfect for the chilliest time of year. But besides being chilly outside it is also the busiest time of year. So if you find yourself strapped for time (who doesn’t), this recipe will be your best friend. In fact, it should be the spokesman for all quick breads, as it truly requires minimal time and energy. Simply combine dry ingredients, add wet ingredients, mix, and bake. The easiest snack, brunch treat, or dessert to have on hand, especially for those unexpected guests who suddenly drop on by. If you double the recipe, you can easily have an extra loaf to give as a gift at Christmas, or you can make individual muffins to place on the kids table for easy holiday snacking.

With all of the good qualities this bread already possesses, it’s hard to believe that it is also clean and works perfectly into the meal plans of those living a healthy lifestyle. Unlike traditional recipes, this pumpkin bread does not have hidden, unhealthy fats or loads of processed white sugar. Instead, it uses minimally processed Sucanat to satisfy sweet tooth’s while cutting the amount of sweetener needed from a whopping 1½ cups (on average), all the way down to just ¾ cup. By not overloading this bread with sugar, it keeps calories low and helps to mitigate the rapid spike and fall of blood sugar levels, which can cause you to crave more sugary foods or feel sluggish after eating them.

But just as it is important to remove unhealthy items from a recipe to make it better, it is also important to add back in the proper nutrition the recipe was initially lacking. To do this, I started by packing in as much pumpkin as I could. Doing so provides moisture for very few calories (only 30 per cup) and less fat, while still creating a tender texture. The addition of pumpkin also adds a good amount of beneficial nutrients, including potassium, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is particularly important, as it is an antioxidant responsible for fighting harmful inflammation that’s known to cause problems as small as wrinkles or as serious as chronic disease.

Once I had added enough pumpkin for flavor and nutrition, I moved on to the flour. Most recipes use all-purpose, which is heavily processed and contains less nutrients as a result. I opted for white whole-wheat flour, as it provides more nutritional value without altering the taste too much. In fact, add in the final quality of classic pumpkin bread, the rich, warm spices, and I bet you won’t even be able to detect the healthy tweaks. The molasses-like flavor profile of Sucanat complements the spices beautifully, making for a delicious, healthy bread sure to be a success at any holiday function!

Pumpkin Pie Bread


Ingredients

  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1¾ cups White Whole-Wheat Flour
  • ¾ cup Sucanat
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¾ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • 1 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ cup Whole Milk
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9 x 5 inch bread pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Sucanat, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. In a separate large bowl, lightly whisk the egg and egg whites. Add in the pumpkin puree, milk, and oil, whisking until combined.
  3. Add the contents of the second bowl (wet ingredients) to the contents of the first bowl (dry ingredients) and stir gently until the flour is moistened. Transfer contents to the prepared pan and spread out smoothly.
  4. Bake bread in the center of the oven for 50 minutes, or until the top and edges have browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut in to 12 slices to serve. Keep at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 days, refrigerated for 1 week, or frozen for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Per Serving (1 Slice): 169 Calories; 4 g Protein; 6 g Total Fat; 1 g Sat. Fat; 2.5 g Fiber; 213 mg Sodium; 13 g Sugar; 25 g Carbs; 17 mg Cholesterol

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: J. O’HARA
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Overnight Cinnamon Raisin & Banana French Toast Casserole

20190802_103345I don’t know about you but I LOVE breakfast!!! With a choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, toast, biscuits, hashbrowns, or waffles, there is literally something for everyone. Or in my case, MANY somethings. The only problem I honestly have with breakfast is the time of day it is consumed. I have no shame in confessing that I’m not a morning person. I’ve always been a night owl since I was a kid and that hasn’t changed a bit into my adulthood. So what do you do if you love breakfast but hate waking up even earlier in order to make it? Well…you meal prep of course!

20190802_104436Meal prep, in my opinion, is ESSENTIAL for those needing to save time and wanting to stay healthy. It ensures you always have clean, nutritious foods on hand for those moments when you may not feel like preparing a meal, which for me, is usually at breakfast. To prevent the need for making a meal every morning, I usually just whip up a batch of muffins during meal prep, as it lasts me an entire week. This works for awhile but there comes a point when you need a change. This recipe was my answer for that needed change.

20190802_102438It all started with a bunch of spotted bananas and a loaf of raisin bread at its sell by date. If you know me personally, or have followed me for a while, you know I’m a big stickler when it comes to food waste. Sure I could have easily polished off the raisin bread on my own, but sadly, it would never fit my macros. Therefore, I had to find a way to use them both. That is when I came across a french toast casserole recipe and decided to modify the heck out of it to fit my nutrition goals.

20190802_103221The results were absolutely delicious. A big thumbs up from my husband and youngest daughter. They had no idea this was fit food. By exchanging refined white bread with whole-wheat cinnamon raisin bread, I was able to add nutrition and flavor. I then topped the first layer of bread with sliced bananas before covering with more bread and an egg/milk mixture. To add a touch of sweetness and texture, I sprinkled the top with an oat crumble before allowing the casserole to soak overnight. Quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious meal. If you love french toast but want to save time in the morning, you MUST give this recipe a try!

 

Overnight Cinnamon Raisin & Banana French Toast Casserole


Ingredients

  • ½ cup Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
  • ¼ cup White Whole-Wheat Flour
  • 5 tbsp. Light Brown Sugar; divided
  • ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
  • 3 tbsp. Unsalted Butter; melted
  • 14 slices Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • 3 small Bananas; sliced
  • 6 large Eggs
  • 3 ¾ cups Whole Milk
  • 2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, 3 tbsp. brown sugar, and salt until combined.  Add butter and stir until moistened. Set aside.
  3. Arrange 7 slices of bread in a single layer in the prepared pan (2 rows. 3½ slices per row). Top with banana slices in a single layer and then top with the remaining 7 slices of bread in a single layer.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. While continuing to whisk, slowly pour in the milk until combined. Whisk in the vanilla, cinnamon, and remaining 2 tbsp. of brown sugar. Pour mixture over bread and then sprinkle evenly with oat mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove foil and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until bread is puffed up and egg mixture is set. A small amount of liquid in the center is okay as it will firm up as it cools. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Per Serving: (1 Square) 261 Calories; 10 g Protein; 10 g Total Fat; 4 g Sat. Fat; 4 g Fiber; 232 mg Sodium; 15 g Sugar; 33 g Carbs; 108 mg Cholesterol


 

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: J. O’HARA
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Tsoureki Rolls

20170416_173641The Easter season has come and gone for another year so today I bring you one of the items I served at our table. Tsoureki is a very popular sweet bread in Greece similar in texture to a French brioche. It is traditionally served at Pascha (Easter) but is also commonly consumed at other holidays or as a daily accompaniment to coffee/tea.

20170416_172825Most Greeks will tell you that making your own tsoureki is a daunting task to perfect, which is why many simply purchase it from local Greek bakeries verses making it homemade. I myself have purchased the bread for many years since I always place more focus on preparing other traditional offerings. However this year I decided to take up the task of making tsoureki homemade for Easter and the process honestly did not live up to the horror portrayed.

20170415_143020The perfect Tsoureki is a buttery soft yet flaky dough flavored with the distinct aromatic spices ground masticha (mastic) and ground mahlepi. Masticha or Mastic is a tree resin found on the Greek island of Chios. Mahlepi or mahleb is a spice derived from ground cherry seeds. These two spices are what give tsoureki its distinct taste and alluring sweet aroma. Without them the bread becomes no different from a French brioche.

20170416_173625If you are a regular follower of mine you’re probably wondering what my take on this traditional bread will be. Although I love tsoureki in its traditional loaf form I always like to make a fresh twist to established recipes as my own signature of sorts. With tsoureki, I sought to streamline the traditional braided design into a more portable portion. Tsoureki is traditionally braided into a long loaf or a crown shape. For my recipe, I portion out the dough into equal sized rolls and braid them the traditional way. I then place each braided roll into a muffin tin. This strategy makes it easy to provide the perfect amount of tsoureki for the expected amount of guests for holidays and is a far less messy alternative for kids, especially since they do not have patience to wait for a slice to be cut. If you want to try tsoureki and share it with family and friends, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. You will be delightfully surprised at how great of a roll this is!

Tsoureki Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. Dry Yeast
  • 1/3 cup Warm Milk (100° to 110°)
  • 15.75 oz. (about 3 ½ cups) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Ground Mahlepi (may also be labeled mahlab/mahleb)
  • ½ tsp. Ground Masticha (may also be labeled mastic)
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs; lightly beaten
  • 6 ½ tbsp. Unsalted Butter; softened & cut into large cubes
  • 1 tbsp. Water
  • 1 Large Egg White
  • Sliced Almonds; optional

Preparation:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine yeast and warm milk. Dissolve yeast in milk and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, mahlepi, masticha, salt, and eggs. Add flour mixture to the milk mixture. Set mixer to low-speed and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with spatula as needed. Continue to beat dough on low speed for 5 minutes or until dough is soft and elastic and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Set mixer to medium speed and add half of butter to the dough until just incorporated. Add remaining butter cubes to dough and beat until incorporated. Continue to beat dough at medium speed for 4 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  4. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough into the bowl, turning to coat top. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place free from drafts for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Once risen, gently press two fingers into the dough. If indentation remains the dough has risen enough to proceed. If indentation does not remain allow more time to rise. Once indentation remains, punch dough down then form into a ball. Return dough to bowl; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Uncover dough and let stand 90 minutes or until dough is at room temperature. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent it from drying out), cut dough into 6 equal pieces.
  6. Working with one piece at a time, break into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long log. Pinch together the 3 logs at the top and braid down like you would hair. Pinch the end of the braid and pull braid into a ball formation, tucking the end of the braid underneath the ball to secure. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portions to make 24 rolls total. Place rolls into cups of a muffin tin coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine water and egg white; stir with a whisk. Gently brush rolls with egg mixture. If using almonds, gently press 3-4 onto the top of each roll. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve.

 

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Chocolate Baklava Bites

20170325_105856Ζητω Η Ελλαδα!!! Χρονια πολλα Ελλαδα!  Long live Greece and Happy Greek Independence Day to all the Greeks around the world! Today is a national holiday in Greece as it marks the start of the Greek war for Independence (March 25, 1821) from the Ottoman Empire (Turks). As a tribute to this important day in Greek history it is only natural I had to make one of if not the most famous Greek dessert around the world…baklava.

20170325_105650As with everything I bake I try to put my own creative spin on it and these mini baklava bites are no exception. I know my version of baklava will probably drive all the yiayia’s (Greek for grandmother) crazy because it does not resemble anything to the traditional baklava they are used to making. However, I feel that given a taste of these bites even my harshest critics would find it hard to resist admitting how great these came out.

20170325_110032-(1)Traditional baklava is a blend of toasted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, or walnuts depending on the baker) layered between buttery sheets of fillo then soaked in honey syrup. For my version, I decided to add a hint of chocolate because who doesn’t love chocolate. In order to incorporate the traditional flavor provided by ground hazelnuts, I used some leftover Greek Merenda spread, which is the Greek equivalent of Nutella, to provide a rich hazelnut chocolate flavor.

20170325_105905For such a small dessert these bites do not lack any of the flavor or richness found in traditional recipes. They are great to serve at large gatherings because one recipe makes 30 and their bite size cuts down on the messiness of cutting into and eating the original. I recommend trying this modern version of the classic Greek dessert! Kali Orexi!

Chocolate Baklava Bites

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Walnuts
  • ¾ cup Almonds
  • ½ cup Honey (preferably Greek)
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter; melted
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • ¼ cup Hazlenut-Chocolate Spread (such as Merenda or Nutella)
  • 2 boxes Mini Fillo Shells; 15 shells each

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange walnuts & almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden & fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes. Allow nuts to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, add the honey, water, and cinnamon stick to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until honey dissolves. Continue to cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 230°, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm. Discard cinnamon stick.
  3. Add the slightly cooled nuts to the bowl of a food processor along with the sugar, butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Pulse to combine.
  4. Place hazelnut-chocolate spread in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Place mini fillo shells into wells of 2 mini cupcake tins. Working quickly place 1 tsp. of melted hazelnut spread into the bottom of each fillo shell. Next, top each fillo shell with 1 tsp. of the nut mixture. Bake in oven until filling is hot and fillo is golden, about 10 minutes.
  5. Pour 1 tsp. of honey syrup into each fillo cup while warm. Allow syrup to soak in and then add another 1 tsp. to each cup. Refrigerate at least 5 hours but preferably overnight for flavors to develop.

 

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Scones

20170308_180314When you’re an avid baker like myself, you often end up with a lot of random leftover ingredients that you have no idea what to do with. Instead of letting them go to waste I often try to come up with a way to use these ingredients up in a new recipe. This was the case with a package of dried cherries that were sitting in the pantry since I made my Skinny Chocolate-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies.

After experiencing the delicious combination of chocolate and cherries in my chocolate-cherry oatmeal cookies, I decided to implement the same flavor combination in a new product. In my search for new recipes I came across a popular morning delight…the scone. Scones are like having a thick cookie for breakfast so they would naturally be able to handle the same combination that the oatmeal cookies did. However, since I am not one for an involved breakfast, grating the butter to get the perfect scone was not my cup of tea (no matter how great it would taste with a cup of tea!).

20170308_180135In my quest for a delicious scone in a fraction of the time I looked to make this quick bread a bit quicker. I am typically against using convenience products but sometimes getting stressed out and ruining your entire day is not much healthier. Therefore it’s beneficial to utilize them sparingly. Low-fat baking mix (such as heart-smart Bisquick) provided the answer to a less fussy scone that could be prepared in half the time. With the addition of mini semisweet chocolate chips and dried cherries the amount of sugar found in a traditional scone was reduced dramatically, allowing for more calories to be spared. Also by swapping half-and-half for traditional heavy cream the resulting scones were less offensive to health conscious waistlines.

20170308_180334With modifications to traditional recipes, I was able to shave calories down to 205 compared to over 250 per scone. The fat also dramatically reduced from 11 grams to 4.8 per scone. Overall, I highly recommend you try these tender, lightly sweetened scones that are a quick compliment to a morning cup of coffee or afternoon snack with tea!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Scones

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Dried Cherries; chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Water
  • 3 cups Low-Fat Baking Mix (such as Heart-Smart Bisquick)
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. Butter; chilled & cut into very small pieces
  • 2/3 cup Fat-Free Half-and-Half
  • 2 tbsp. Semisweet Chocolate Minichips
  • 1 large Egg; separated
  • 1 tbsp. Fat-Free Half-and-Half
  • Turbinado Cane Sugar; optional

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Combine cherries and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Cool 10 minutes (do not drain).
  3. Combine baking mix, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the cherries, 2/3 cup half-and-half, chocolate chips, and egg white. Stir until just moistened. Drop dough by ¼ cupfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Place baking sheet in freezer for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine egg yolk and 1 tbsp. half-and-half. Brush egg mixture over tops of each scone and sprinkle with turbinado sugar if desired. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Best served warm.

 

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: MARIE RIZZIO
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Christstollen

20161230_125955With the holidays over and a new year already rung in I can calmly and fondly look back over the past month’s chaotic fun. While everyone else was making Christmas cookies galore I was making a German traditional pastry called the Christstollen. The Christstollen goes by many names. Sometimes it is simply called Stollen, other times it is called Weihnachtsstollen (Christmas Stollen), and Americans know it as the dreaded fruitcake….but no matter the name they are all one in the same pastry that is made during Advent/Christmas time each year.

20161230_130118Now although Christstollen is technically a fruitcake certainly do not confuse it with the horrific impostors often found in the states. Christstollen is a rich yeast dough filled with brandy-soaked fruit, toasted almonds, and finished with a sweet touch of glaze. There is a reason why Christstollen is one of Germany’s most famous and long-standing Christmas confections. German recipes for stollen date all the way back to the 13th century. Although Stollen recipes have been slightly modified over the years as products like butter became more common and affordable to use the overall formula and resulting taste remained the same.

20161230_130001Now you may wonder why Stollen is typically made by families only during the Advent/Christmas season. Traditionally, the bread gets its shape because it is supposed to resemble a swaddled baby Jesus. Although it is a Christmas bread many bakeries will still bake Christstollen year round and simply call it stollen instead of naming it after Christ. Since the holidays have already passed you can do the same and enjoy a timeless German tradition.

Christstollen

Ingredients:

  • 16.9 oz. All-Purpose Flour (3 ¾ cups); divided
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ cup Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 tbsp. Brandy
  • ½ cup Dried Cherries
  • ½ cup Golden Raisins
  • ½ cup Reduced-Fat Milk (2%); warmed to 100°-110°
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 pkg. Dry Yeast
  • 6 tbsp. Unsalted Butter; melted
  • 2 Large Eggs; lightly beaten
  • ½ cup Sliced Almonds; toasted
  • 1 ½ tsp. Grated Lemon Rind
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 tbsp. Reduced-Fat Milk (2%); divided
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar

Preparation:

  1. Weigh 15.75 ounces (approximately 3 ½ cups) flour in a large bowl. Add salt and nutmeg. In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine orange juice and brandy. Microwave brandy mixture for 45 seconds. Add cherries and raisins; let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile combine warm milk, sugar, and yeast and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir butter and eggs into yeast mixture. Add the juice mixture, almonds, and lemon rind. Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding the remaining ¼ cup flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to hands (expect the dough to feel sticky).
  3. Place the dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat the top. Cover and allow to rise in a warm, draft free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch down the dough. Divide dough into 2 equal portions and roll each into an 11  8 inch oval. Fold 1 short end toward the center and fold the other short end toward the center until it overlaps the first end. Place loaves seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise again for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine 1 tablespoon milk and 1 egg. Uncover shaped dough and brush the top and sides gently with the milk mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool completely on wire racks.
  5. When ready to serve combine 1 tablespoon milk and powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Drizzle over loaves. Serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

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Weight Watchers: 6 Smart Points, 4 Points Plus, or 3 Traditional Points

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: JULIANNA GRIMES
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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