Stollen is a traditional German bread-like fruitcake, usually eaten during the Christmas season, when called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen. A similar cake from the Dutch cuisine is called a Kerststol in Dutch, while in Italian cuisine the panettone also shows a likeness. Our Stollen is made with almonds, spices, citrus zest, and a variety of dried fruit.
For you food trivia geeks, there’s a great story about King Augustus II The Strong (1670 –1733) who was the Elector of Saxony, King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Lithuania. He loved lavish feasts and commissioned a Stollen big enough to feed 24,000 of his holiday guests. Today, the festival takes place on the Saturday before the second Sunday in Advent, and the cake weighs between three and four tons. A carriage takes the cake in a parade through the streets of Dresden to the Christmas market, where it is ceremoniously cut into pieces and distributed among the crowd, for a small sum which goes to charity.