November 26, 2012

Holiday Foodie Gifts

Stollen
This traditional recipe from Germany is a favorite in my hometown of Bressanone, Italy. I offer a healthy twist on the tradition by omitting powdered sugar and using maple syrup instead of refined cane sugar.

This delightful bread makes a lovely holiday gift and ships well, too!

First, combine:
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup raisins
1 orange, peeled and diced
1/4 cup boiling water

Let stand for 1/2 hour.


In a large bowl, mix together:
2 cups flour (spelt for wheat-free or millet & rice for gluten-free)
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon each: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger
1/2 teaspoon each: baking powder & baking soda
Set aside.

In a saucepan, combine & heat gently:
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup milk (either almond or cow milk)
1/3 cup butter or coconut oil (vegan), softened
1 Tablespoon grated lemon peel


Add this mixture to dry ingredients & stir to incorporate.

Then, mix in:
2 eggs, beaten or 2 Tablespoons flaxseed meal (vegan)
3 teaspoons lemon juice 
Half of the soaked raisin/orange mixture (save the other half for glaze)

Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough (about 1 cup).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 8-by-12-inch oval. Fold dough in half lengthwise to within ½ inch of the opposite side; press closed.

Transfer to a greased baking sheet.

Mix 2 Tablespoons olive oil into the other half of the soaked raisin/orange mixture. Pour and spread over the stollen as glaze.

Bake at 375 for 35 minutes, or until nicely browned. Cool on a wire rack.



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Honey Almond Cantucci 

These delicious Italian tea and coffee cookies are a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. Visit the dessert page of this site for a healthy recipe!

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