#2 Stollen with Frau Braun

When it comes to things I’m sad to miss this Christmas, baking with my family is high on the list; the yearly repetition of long held rituals. For us, it’s the same splattered fruit cake recipe from Entertaining by Margaret Fulton, the same Christmas album (“Christmas with Kiri”, c 1985), and the tradition that we all stir the mixture and make a wish. When my lovely friend Anne volunteered her mother to teach me a traditional Dresden Stollen a few weeks back, I jumped at the chance to fill this hole in my line up of Christmas rituals. Added to this, Frau Braun is a professional baker. As I stood in her kitchen with notebook and pen, I was comforted by the resemblance to our own Christmas cake rituals. There was the well worn recipe book, the decorations and the favourite Christmas music (in this case, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium sung with gusto by all family members). Only this time the kitchen didn’t swell with unbearable heat from the oven. Instead, snow lay outside and the oven provided a welcome warmth. I returned home with a swathe of detailed notes, a tired toddler and one fantastically aromatic Stollen. And you know something? Turns out “Christmas with Kiri” is available on iTunes. Isn’t life grand.



7 Responses to “#2 Stollen with Frau Braun”

  1. 1 keren December 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    YUM! Looks so good. Inspired me to do some more christmas baking!

  2. 2 Rachael December 15, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Just WONDERFUL to see and read! Thankyou!

  3. 3 Arthur December 15, 2010 at 8:11 am

    We filled the kitchen with heat and carols and put the cake in the oven but not before we all wished for a safe and happy Christmas for our special family overseas.
    We wish all your extended family who cooked with you and Rose a Happy Christmas too.Thank God for such special people.
    Love and Hugs,

  4. 4 Anne December 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Ally, wir sind sehr froh, dass ihr hier seid und wir euch helfen können Deutschland zu entdecken und zu genießen.

    Wir besuchen euch sehr gern und freuen uns euer deutscher “Fanilienzuwachs” zu sein 😀


  5. 5 lesley December 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Thank God for the lovely people you have found on the other side of the world

  6. 6 Arthur December 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Care to share the recipe Ally? I reckon I could convince Skel and Mum to give it a go. If not, I’ll have a go myself!! I’ll miss your baking skills and creativity around Christmas time too.



  7. 7 Chris December 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    It´s the freaking jumper! I am not fat. After all, just an accessory of the woman.

    The 3rd pic from below is the superawesome Sauerbraten of Mother Braun. It is even better then Stollen, because it comes with Dumplings and red cabbage and is sooo tasty.

    cheeky chris

    P.S.: content is king!

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