This last post before Christmas requires a special Christmas recipe. So I am treating you to a Dutch speciality which is a kerststol. Which is a sweet bread with raisins and almond sugar paste. To make it even more special I braid it into a bread ring. Just looking at the end result you will want to take a bite. Believe me if you have taken a bite you want to eat the whole ring. Are you ready to learn how you can make a Dutch Christmas kerststol bread ring? Lets get started!
The original recipe is called a kerststol which is a rich bread with raisins, currants, nuts and almond sugar paste. The almond sugar paste is a thick long sausage shape. In this bread the sweet almond sugar paste is concentrated to only the middle of the bread. To infuse the whole bread with almond sugar paste I created a bread ring which is braided from two tails.
Braiding the bread this way gives the bread a more subtle almond sugar taste opposed to the original. To make the bread requires some serious kneading. If you have a kitchen machine with dough hook you can let it take care of the heavy lifting.
I made the dough by hand and after combining all of the ingredients the dough has to be kneaded at least 8 minutes to let it become elastic and a little sticky. Then the butter is added and kneaded through thoroughly into a flexible dough.
The ingredients needed for this bread recipe are:
- Wheat flour
- Dry yeast
- Baking soda (optional)
- Cinnamon or speculaas spices
- Skimmed milk
- Soft unsalted butter
- Pecan nuts
For the almond sugar paste you need:
- White almonds
- Lemon juice
Put the raisins in warm water and leave them until you need them in the recipe. Put the equal amount of almonds and sugar in a kitchen machine and blend. Then add the egg until you get a soft paste. Add some lemon juice for freshness. Take the paste out of the kitchen machine onto cling film and store in the fridge for at least an hour.
First add all the dry ingredients together and mix through. Then add the milk and egg. Leave the butter aside and mix the ingredients to flexible dough for 8 minutes then add the butter in small increments. Make sure that all the butter is absorbed into the dough before adding more butter. Save some butter for brushing.
Now let it proof for an hour so it can double in size. Roll into a square and add ¾ of the raisins and chopped pecan nuts. Fold and roll again into a square. Take the almond sugar paste out of the fridge and spread across the square and the remaining raisins and pecans.
Now roll the square up into a sausage. Cut through the middle and braid by twisting the two halves. Roll into a circle. Bake in the oven for at least 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool for 10 minutes and brush with the remaining butter. Some icing sugar for decoration and you have an amazing Dutch Christmas kerststol bread ring. You can have this bread for breakfast, brunch or lunch.
You can store it out side of the fridge for a couple of days or store in the freezer for a couple of weeks.
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Dutch Christmas kerststol bread ring is a sweet bread with raisins, pecan and almond sugar paste. Ready how you can make this bread? Lets get started!
- 375 grams of wheat flour
- 9 grams of dry yeast
- ½ tsp of baking soda (optional)
- 50 grams of granulated sugar
- 160 grams of skimmed lukewarm milk
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon or speculaas spices
- 5 grams of salt
- 50 grams of soft unsalted butter
- 1 cup of raisins
- ½ cup of chopped pecan nuts
- Almond sugar paste:
- 170 gram of almond
- 170 gram of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
Put the almonds and sugar in a kitchen machine and blend. Add the egg and blend until soft paste
Add some lemon juice and blend
Put almond sugar paste on cling film and store in the fridge for at least an hour
Combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, baking soda (optional) and cinnamon or speculaas spices. Mix with a spoon
Add the milk and egg and combine with a wooden spoon
Put on a board and knead into flexible dough for 8 minutes
Save some butter for brushing
Add the butter in small increments kneading the dough until all the butter is absorbed
Proof for 1 hour
Pre heat the oven to 375℉. Roll the dough into a square and cover with ¾ of the raisins and chopped pecan nuts. Fold and roll again into a square
Take the almond sugar paste out of the fridge and spread across the dough before adding the remaining raisins and pecans
Now roll the square up into a sausage. Cut into through the middle and braid by twisting the two halves Roll into a circle
Bake in the oven for at least 35-40 minutes until golden brown
Let it cool for 10 minutes and brush with the remaining butter
Sprinkle icing sugar for decoration and you have an amazing Dutch Christmas kerststol bread ring
Calories: 280; Fat: 10.5g; Carbs: 42.3g; Protein: 6.4g