Every holiday season, I get a serious case of baking lust.
I want to bake 134 billion different kinds of cookies, cakes and breads. I want to make truffles. I want to make homemade candy canes. I want to buy a tree and bedazzle it with popcorn and cranberry-studded strings and sing “fahoo fores, dahoo dores!” like the Whos down in Whoville do. At least I think that’s what they’re singing.
Alas, every year, I barely do any of it. I involuntarily become a real Scrooge, with nary a decoration and few a Christmas treat in my home. It’s a real “bah, humbug!” of a situation, I know, but I only have 24 hours in a day, and my fantasy Christmas schedule calls for at least 72. Sigh.
But I always have time for Easiest Stollen
. Because if it’s got sugar, I’ve got time for it.
Last year, I made panettone
, so this year I thought I’d keep with the tradition of holiday breads and baked this ah-maz-ing stollen. The husband was pretty happy about this one, as he grew up on the stuff. Soft, buttery and sweet (and I do mean buttery and sweet – there are layers and layers of butter and sugar atop the loaf), with colorful pieces of dried fruit inside that look like bright ornaments, it tastes like Christmas in bread form. For serious.
This particular recipe is an easier, yeast-free version of the loaf – in other words, it’s the perfect recipe for us involuntary Scrooges who have only so much time these days to soak up the Christmas spirit. Not that I’m complaining – after all, no matter how crazy life gets, it still is the most wonderful time of the year.Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon