German Advent word of a day: Der Stollen

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Either homemade or bought in a bakery or supermarket, this is a normal provide to suffer during Christmas.

What does it mean?

Dresdner Christstollen. Photo: DPA

A “Stollen” is a special Christmas cake, mostly referred to as fruit cake, that has 3 categorical varieties.

The strange kind contains dusty candied fruits such as lemon or orange peels.

But a name fruit cake is a somewhat dubious given we would design vast chunks of dusty fruit but, usually, these fruits are dejected into tiny pieces so that no vast chunks remain.

The second kind contains marzipan, and mostly raisins, that creates a cake moist.

And a third kind is filled with poppy seeds, that gives a mix a black, wet colour that is really appealing to a eye.

Whether with fruit, marzipan or poppy seeds all of these cakes are loaf-formed and lonesome in powdered sugar.

What is a story behind a “Stollen”?

“Stollen”, further referred to as “Christstollen”, is a series one normal German Christmas pastry.

The tradition began as early as a Middle Ages. Although during that time it was deliberate a fasting fritter in monasteries during a Advent.

The recipe before enclosed really small mixture (no butter for example) and therefore was rather dry.

Only after did Pope Innozenz VIII concede butter to be combined to a recipe. And given afterwards a recipe widespread to be desired and incorporated as a Christmas tradition by many German families.

Nowadays, “Stollen” is one of a many renouned Christmas treats. Especially a “Dresdner Christstollen”, that is reputation for a strange recipe and even trademarked.

Where does a name come from?

Presumably, a cake perceived a name from miners who would take a cake with them subterraneous as a food supply.

The cake would not mold fast and was wet so that it did not dry out as as easily. This done a honeyed ideal for these workers.

In German mining tunnels are called “Stollen” that is presumably how a cake perceived a name.


“Kaufst du eigentlich zu Weihnachten Christstollen oder machst du ihn selber?”

“Do we indeed buy a fruit cake for Christmas or do we make it yourself?”

“Ich bin nicht so ein Fan von dem Stollen mit viel Zitronat und Orangeat. Ich mag basement mit Marzipan viel lieber.”

“I am not such a fan of a Christmas cake with a lot of dusty fruit. we like a one with marzipan a lot more.”

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