A Sweet Journey through the Heritage of Christstollen

Stollen or Christstollen goes back into the olden times and could even have celtic roots. It was a plain lenten bread taken before Christmas without butter, milk, sugar, made from flour, and rapeseed oil only.

In the year 1429, a decisive incident was witnessed by the Duke of Hartenfels who employed the baker of his, Heinrich Drasdo, to make the Stollen more delicious by adding sugar, butter, and dried fruit to it. It is this deviation from the church norms that prompted Kurfürst Friedrich II to seek papal approval in 1430, highlighting the healthy properties of sugar. However, it was not until 1491 that Kurfürst Ernst von Sachsen convinced Pope Innocent VIII, and he permitted the use of butter in Christstollen.

The addition of these components included sugar, spices, raisins, and almonds with yeast which came in around 1800. Dresden became the established birthplace of modern Stollen, having been granted recognition and an exclusive right to its manufacture. The uniqueness of the shape and white color represents the picture of baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes.

You can explore the healthier version of this dish and make your Christmas merrier!

Ingredients for a Healthier Classic Christstollen

In our quest for wellness, we're reinventing the classic Christstollen, focusing on health without sacrificing flavor. Our recipe ditches large amounts of traditional sugar and milk, opting instead for healthier alternatives. We use coconut sugar, which offers natural sweetness and is easier on your health. For an optional extra touch, you can sprinkle finely ground coconut sugar on top. We also replace regular milk with almond milk, incorporating nutrient-rich ingredients like spelt flour, dried fruits, and nuts. If you prefer, substitute butter with vegetable oil to keep it dairy-free.

Let's craft a classic Christstollen by preparing the essential ingredients. Get ready to embrace a medley of fruity flavors that will elevate your festive season, blending tradition with a burst of freshness and nutrition.

Nuts and a glass of milk on a wooden board

Almond Milk:

Rich in vitamins and minerals, almond milk provides bone-strengthening calcium, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants. It is also a dairy-free alternative suitable for those with lactose intolerance.

Coconut Sugar:

Coconut sugar should be consumed in moderation, it provides a quick source of energy. Opt for natural sugars and control portion sizes to avoid excessive intake.

Himalayan Salt:

It contains essential minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. It may help balance electrolytes, improve hydration, and support proper muscle function.

Egg:

Eggs are a great source of protein, essential amino acids, and various vitamins (B12, B6, and D). Eggs can provide several health benefits . They support muscle health, brain function, and provide sustained energy.

If you do not eat eggs for dietary reasons, try substituting them, when baked goods, with ground flaxseed and water. To make a flax egg, you will need to mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 2.5 tablespoons of water. Stir the mix, wait for 5-10 minutes and you will have an egg substitute, or flax egg, to use in your recipe.

Spelt Flour:

An ancient grain, spelt flour is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Spelt is a nutritious food that promotes blood circulation, boosts the immune system, strengthens bones, and aids digestion.

Raisins:

Raisins are rich in fiber, iron, and antioxidants. They can contribute to digestive health, boost iron levels, and provide a natural source of energy. Raisins are naturally sweet and high in sugar

Candied Citrus Peel:

Citrus peel is high in vitamin C and antioxidants. It may support immune function, promote skin health, and provide a burst of flavor.

Dried Cherries:

Cherries contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Cherries may reduce the risk of cancer. They may help reduce oxidative stress, support joint health, and contribute to a balanced diet.

Almonds:

Almonds are a nutrient-dense snack, rich in healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants. They may aid in weight management, and provide sustained energy. Almonds can protect your heart in several ways

Dates:

Dates are high in fiber, natural sugars, and various vitamins and minerals. They can contribute to digestive health, provide a quick energy boost, and offer essential nutrients.

Lemon Zest:

Lemon zest is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. It may support immune function, aid digestion, and add a citrusy flavor to dishes. Make sure you use organic lemons as most conventional citrus is treated with toxins

Cardamom:

Cardamom has anti-inflammatory properties and may help with digestion.It helps to control blood pressure. It adds a unique flavor and aroma to the recipe.

Nutmeg:

Nutmeg contains antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory properties. Nutmeg is a spice that promotes healthy digestion and helps prevent blood sugar spikes. It adds warmth and depth of flavor to the dish. Be careful not to eat too much of it though, as consumption of nutmeg seeds in large quantities causes a hallucinogenic effect

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is known for its antioxidant properties and may help regulate blood sugar levels. It adds a sweet and spicy flavor.

Melted Butter:

Butter contains healthy saturated fats, vitamin A, and antioxidants. In moderation, it can contribute to a well-rounded diet and may support nutrient absorption.

Essential Utensils

Before you start making this recipe, ensure you have the right tools for the job. From mixing bowls to baking trays, having the proper utensils will make crafting this Christstollen a seamless and enjoyable experience.

  • Mixing bowls: Choose bowls in various sizes for mixing different components.
  • Baking trays: Ensure you have a suitable tray to accommodate the Christstollen.
  • Measuring spoons and cups: Accurate measurements are crucial; have a set of both.
  • Whisk or electric mixer: For efficiently blending ingredients.
  • Parchment paper: To line baking trays and prevent sticking.
  • Cooling rack: Allow the Christstollen to cool evenly after baking.
  • Pastry brush: Useful for applying glaze or butter.
  • Kitchen towels: Keep them handy for cleaning spills or drying hands.
  • Plastic wrap or kitchen cloth: Essential for covering dough during rising.

Flavor Harmony: Classic Christstollen Meets Dilmah Ginger Tea

Our Natural Ceylon Ginger tea adds a delightful and health-conscious dimension to the Classic Christstollen pairing. The tea's distinctive spiciness from real ginger provides not only a flavorful experience, as ginger tea brings potential health benefits. Mostly known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, contributing to digestive health and overall well-being.

sliced Christstollen and a cup of chai tea

Dilmah, known for its commitment to purity and quality, ensures that each cup of tea is a true reflection of nature's goodness. The robust and genuine flavor of our Natural Ceylon Ginger tea harmonizes perfectly with the sweet and spiced notes of the Christstollen, creating a balanced and enjoyable holiday indulgence. Together, they form a pairing that not only satisfies the palate but also aligns with a health-conscious and flavorful festive celebration.

Alternatively, if you prefer green tea, try pairing your home-baked Christstollen with our Organic Green Tea with Ginger for a similar, just as good, experience.

Conclusion

The healthy Christstollen, a classic Christmas treat, is a journey through time and culture rather than just a recipe. Take advantage of the health benefits of each carefully selected ingredient as you celebrate the traditions of Christstollen and embrace the holiday season with a healthy session on classics. Our detailed instructions make baking stress-free for both experienced and inexperienced bakers. After baking, take your holiday party to the next level by serving your healthy Christstollen with Dilmah ginger teas. This is a tasty and healthful combo that will satisfy your palate and foster a festive season that is both traditional and healthful.

The Classic Christmas Treat: Healthy Christstollen Recipe

To make Christstollen, here's the time you'll need for each step:

Prepping and making the dough:

You'll need around 30 minutes.

Dough resting:

Let the dough sit in a warm place for 1 hour to allow it to rise.

Final dough proofing:

Cover the shaped Christstollen and let it rest for 70-80 minutes.

Baking time:

Finally, baking the Christstollen will take around 40 minutes.

Ingredients

Making the dough

Fruit mix and Baking

Instructions

Making the dough

1
In a mixing bowl, combine almond milk, coconut sugar, Himalayan salt, and an egg.
2
Gradually mix in the melted butter and spelt flour.
3
Knead the mixture until it forms a smooth dough.
4
Cover the bowl and let the dough sit in a warm place for 1 hour to allow it to rise.

Fruit mix and Baking

1
In a separate bowl, combine raisins, candied citrus peel, glazed cherries, almonds, lemon zest, ground cardamom, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and vanilla seeds or vanilla extract.
2
After the dough has risen, gently deflate it and fold in the prepared fruit and spice mixture.
3
Give the dough a bread-like shape. Then press the dough with the side of your hand along the entire length.
4
Now fold the dough over and press the top to create a characteristic hump in the Christstollen.
5
Cover the shaped Christstollen and let it rise for 70-80 minutes.
6
Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
7
Bake the Christstollen for 40 minutes until it's golden brown.
8
Allow the Christstollen to cool completely, then brush the top of the cooled Christstollen with melted butter or vegetable oil.
Two Christstollen breads on a cooling rack before icing
9
Sprinkle a generous amount of finely ground coconut sugar over the melted butter to create a delightful topping.
10
Store the Christstollen in a dry, cold place, and it can be enjoyed for up to three weeks.