Spiced Stollen Tray Bake

I told myself that this was going to be the year when I finally made a loaf of Stollen. But, here we are. Just a few days to go until the big “C”. Have I made that loaf yet? Nope. I also really wanted to make a tray of mini Stollen bites, with the idea of having enough left over to see me through to the New Year.

spiced stollen tray bake

Then, as we all do when time is against us, I got real and thought, no. I have plenty to do and I just want to make something quick and easy that has the flavour of Stollen without the effort of making the real thing and the risk that it may go wrong as it usually does when I try things out in a hurry.

So here is my idea for a cake that has elements of Stollen in a tray bake. Marzipan, spices, mixed peel. I decided not to use any sultanas, currants and raisins as we will all be having plenty of them in the mince pies and the pudding. And they always have a tendency to sink on me.

If you are looking for a lighter afternoon tea cake than the rich and weighty traditional Christmas cake to enjoy along with a Sherry/Mulled wine or two then this could be the one for you. Dusted in plenty of icing sugar, it could almost be the real thing. Ok, maybe not. But it is still makes for a great last minute festive bake.

spiced stollen tray bake I am entering this bake into Cooking with herbs. This is Karen at Lavender & Lovage’s monthly challenge. The theme this month is spices.

 

spiced stollen gray bake Also I will send it over to Vanesther at Bangers & Mash who runs The Spice Trail challenge and this month’s spice is cinnamon.

spiced stollen tray bake It also fits the bill for Let’s cook Christmas party food over at Simple Sensational Food.

spiced stollen tray bake

Finally, I am linking up to Treat Petite over at Cakeboi and jointly hosted with The Baking Explorer. The theme is Happy Holidays.

Spiced Stollen Tray bake
Serves 12
A cake baked to resemble the flavours of Stollen,
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. -250g softened unsalted butter,
  2. -250g caster sugar,
  3. -4 medium eggs,
  4. -250g self-raising flour (sifted),
  5. -1/2tsp Ndali vanilla power or 1tsp vanilla extract,
  6. -1tsp ground cinnamon,
  7. -1tsp ground nutmeg,
  8. -lots of freshly ground black pepper,
  9. -6 cardamom pods, seeds taken out and crushed to a powder,
  10. -splash of orange juice,
  11. - 150g chopped mixed peel,
  12. -100g marzipan chopped into small chunks
Instructions
  1. 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees,
  2. 2. Whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using an electric hand whisk or food processor,
  3. 3. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time,
  4. 4. Fold in the flour, the vanilla and the spices,
  5. 5. Add a splash of orange juice to loosen the cake mixture,
  6. 6. Stir through the mixed peel then place the cake batter into a square brownie tin lined with baking parchment,
  7. 7. Dot over the chunks of Marzipan pushing them in lightly to the cake mix,
  8. 8.Bake in the pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes,
  9. 9. When completely cool, dust a generous layer of icing sugar over the top of the cake and cut into small squares.
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Comments

  1. I love stollen but I still haven’t got around to making it myself yet. Now I think have the perfect recipe! Thanks for sharing it with December’s Spice Trail – a gorgeous entry :)

  2. Brilliantly clever idea, Laura. A fully fledged stollen just sounds beyond me. But a tray bake? Well even I might be able to manage that. ;D This sounds like a good baking project for me as we have 10 folk coming around on the 28th and I’m haven’t really thought that far what to make. Thanks for this, and have a super Christmas!

  3. This looks amazing thankyou for sending it to Lets cook party food for christmas.

  4. Oh Laura, Stollen has been on my Christmas list every year since I can remember and I still haven’t made it either. At least it means we have a new challenge to look forward to for next year ;-) Your stollen traybake sounds delicious though and I think I might have to give it a try whilst the festivities are on-going.

  5. What a lovely festive, spicy cake! Just wanted to wish you a belated merry christmas :0 And of course a very happy new year. x

  6. how lovely this seems and a tray bake makes such sense to allow portion control!! I have to say I do not love marzipan in general but don’t mind it in cakes like this so will have to try this out.

  7. I LOVE this recipe Laura, so festive and yet so light as you say! I am also a BIG fan of stollen, so this would suit me perfectly! Happy New Year! Karen 

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