A loaf of sliced Stollen

Sliced Stollen Loaf, with Marzipan, almonds and fruit on show

Sliced Stollen

Slices of Fresh Stollen

Delicious Vegan Stollen

I first ate Stollen about 20 years ago. It was bought at a discount grocery store, Aldi. My family and I really liked it and bought if regularly until the season ended. The store only carried it around October to December. We loved this delicious, fruit cake like dessert.

This is my first attempt to bake it. My vegan version is adapted from the original Dresden Stollen. It is made without the use of eggs and dairy products. I am very happy with the results as it very closely resembles the original Stollen that we had enjoyed.

If you are not familiar with Stollen, here is a link that gives a detailed explanation about Stollen. This vegan version is modified from a version given to me by my friend, Mary.

I describe Stollen as a fruity bread with Marzipan. I used Almond Milk and Vegan butter. Any non dairy milk should work. If you prefer to use regular milk and butter, that should work just fine.
Here is the recipe. Please note that the recipe makes 2 loaves. You can easily make just one loaf by dividing the amounts listed.


Dry Ingredients

  1. 4 ¼cups all purpose flour
  2. 2½ tsps. yeast
  3. ½ cup sugar
  4. 4 tblsps. icing, (powdered) sugar for dusting
  5. ¼ tsp. salt

Spices and Fruit

  1. ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  2. ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  3. ¼ tsp. ground cardomom, (optional)
  4. 1 cup raisins
  5. ½ cup currants
  6. 1 cup fruit cake mix or mixed orange and lemon peel
  7. 2 tblsps. finely sliced almonds

Wet Ingredients

  1. 7oz butter/almost 1 cup butter when melted, non-dairy butter for vegans
  2. 1 cup almond milk or milk of your choice
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. ½ teaspoons almond extract
  5. extra melted butter, (non-dairy butter for vegans)
  6. 8 oz/approx. 1½ cups Marzipan, see recipe below
  7. Please add the remaining sugar to the melted butter and mix into the flour


  1. Melt butter and keep aside to cool
  2. Warm the milk
  3. Mix yeast with 1 teaspoon sugar, then add milk, mix and leave aside to rise
  4. Use remaining sugar to add the flour by mixing into the melted butter
  5. Sift flour in a large dish. Add all the spices
  6. Follow with vanilla and almond extracts. Mix all together
  7. Combine with risen yeast and melted butter
  8. Knead well. If dough feels too dry add small amounts of milk until you get a good consistency
  9. When well kneaded add almonds, and dried fruits. Carefully mix all ingredients
  10. When well mixed, place back in bowl, cover with cling wrap and leave to rise in a warm place, between 1-2 hours
  11. When well risen, knead again, divide dough in half & roll out
  12. Apply marzipan in center of rolled out dough, leaving a border of about 2" on all sides
  13. Fold the dough with marzipan inside
  14. Place in a greased baking tray and leave to rise again between 1-2 hours
  15. Before baking place a piece of foil on top of bread to prevent burning
  16. Bake in a preheated oven, 190°C/ 375°F for approx 40-60 minutes
  17. When baked, remove from oven. Whilst still hot, brush generously with melted butter and dust with icing sugar
  18. Leave to cool
  19. When cool, slice, apply butter and serve
  20. Dust with icing sugar before serving
  21. Keep the extra stollen in an airtight container or wrap in foil
image that separates sections



  1. 1 and 1/3 cup ground almonds
  2. ½cup plus 1 tblsp. icing/powdered sugar
  3. 3 tblsps. water
  4. ½ tsp. almond essence


  1. Mix icing sugar and ground almonds together until well blended
  2. Add water and essence and mix until it forms a dough like texture
  3. Divide mix equally to apply to each rolled stollen dough
Stollen, just out of the oven

Stollen, just out of the oven

Stollen loaves ready to be baked

Stollen dough shaped into loaves, ready to be baked

Marzipan applied to stollen dough

Marzipan applied to stollen dough

Dough has risen

Dough has risen after a 2 hours

Dough mixed with all ingredients

Ingredients mixed. Now the dough must rise

Marzipan mixed in bowl

The Marzipan mix is ready, a mix of almonds, powdered sugar and water

ingredients for Marzipan

Ingredients for Marzipan, ground almonds Dough & powdered sugar

It was recently brought to my attention that I had omitted explaining where to add the rest of the sugar. I only mentioned using 1 tsp. with the yeast mixture. I do apologize for the omission. This has now been corrected.

To make baking easier, select all your ingredients before you begin, so you are not hunting for ingredients while in the midst of baking. I find that the marzipan is what makes the stollen special. If you do not care for marzipan or are allergic to nuts, simply leave out the marzipan. In you decide to leave out the marzipan, you will lose some of the sweet taste. To compensate for this, sprinkle abut 1/3 cup of sugar on the dough, as the marzipan is sweet.

You may choose to buy Marzipan or use the recipe that is on this website. Please let me know how your stollen turns out.

If you would like to contribute a recipe,or have any questions/comments, email me, Nirmala, at email address
I will be happy to help in any way I can. The site will be regularly updated with tasty recipes and hints and tips. You will find my contact information at Contact

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