I know Christmas is over and all but maybe you can capitalize on this information for next year and be more well informed.
My family, given the European background has many "Stollen" traditions. (Ha! Fiona, I don't know how I never made that connection before ;) ).
Yes, as well mentioned on a comment by dear blogger friend, Fiona, yes, we have "Stollen de Natal" in Brazil, also known as "Bolo Alemao de Natal".
My grandmother's original German recipe used candied fruit, nuts and raisins, however if I could say there is a Brazilian tradition trend here, I would have to mention my grandmother has been making "Stollen de Natal" with chocolate chips and some Brazilians even make it with goiabada bits, now THAT is Brazilian.
Gil's grandparents and his mother make "Stollen de Natal" with figs, that is how his family makes it.
His grandmother has an old fig tree at her house. They love figs, LOVE IT!
My family has also always made a traditional Christmas cookie called "Rosquinha de Pinga" which is a very simple type of sugar cookie with lots of Cachaca, the alcohol evaporates so don't worry, nobody get's drunk over Pinga cookies, they are awesome and my mother, grandmother and aunt have already planned to make Gil and I a batch and send it over with my cousin coming to New York city in two weeks for a Trade Show.
I called my mother who emailed me grandma's "Stollen" recipe but grandma will not share her Christmas Cookie recipe. She will only teach you how to make this one in person. ;)
I talked with grandma on the phone and we are gonna have an Expat's Blogger's meeting next year where she will teach all present how to make the traditional Brazilian Christmas cookie or "Rosquinha de Pinga".
|BRAZILIAN CHRISTMAS COOKIES|
|Brazilian Christmas Cookie-Rosquinha de Pinga|
We will get Brazilian Christmas Cookies "Rosquinhas de Pinga" and our favorite Melitta coffee which we are almost out.
We can hardly wait for the goodies coming our way :)
Here is my Grandmother's "Stollen de Natal" recipe:
|Traditional "Bolo de Natal Alemao" or "Stollen de Natal"|
|Some people make it round instead of rectangular|
-2 tablets of fresh yeast ( 2 packets of yeast-the refrigerated type )
-1/2 cup of sugar
-1 tea spoon of salt
-1 Stick of melted butter
-1 Cup of warm milk
-1 Whole Egg
-1 Egg yolk
-1/2 Kilogram of wheat flour ( 1 pound )
-1/2 Cup of chopped Walnuts
-1/2 Cup of raisins
-1/2 Cup of chopped dried fruit (comfit)
-1 Cup of confectioners sugar (powered sugar)
How to make it:
Mix in the packets/tablets of yeast, the salt and sugar. Pour in the melted butter, the milk, the egg yolk and the eggs and mix it well (according to my grandma) with a wooden spoon until it's all well blended.
Add the flour slowly to the mix, always stirring well until all the flour has been added to the mix.
Place your dough over a floured kitchen counter and press the dough to push the air out.
Cover the dough with a clean cloth and leave it to rest for 1 hour.
After 1 hour resting, mix in the walnuts, the dried fruit and raisins to the dough.
At this point if you are making the Brazilians version of "Stollen de Natal" instead of the raisins and the dried fruit you need to add your chocolate chips or goiabada bits into the dough.
|Brazilianized Chocolate Stollen|
|Confeitaria Cristina, an Austrian Bakery in Sao Paulo makes the apricot stollen.|
Fold the dough in half and shape it in a rectangle of 12X20 inches or 30X50cm, fold it again from the wider sides inwards toward the center without touching the two borders.
Place it in a greased baking pan and cover it with a clean cloth and let it rest until it doubles in size.
Bake it at 350F degrees in a pre heated oven for 30 minutes.
Cover it with powered sugar and serve.
If you are lucky enough to live in Sao Paulo and lazy to bake just take a look at this AWESOME AUSTRIAN BAKERY IN SAO PAULO Confeitaria Cristina and you can buy your Stollen over there.
By the way, you can also find all sorts of Brazilian Christmas Cookies at Confeitaria Cristina like the ones on the pictures below.
|Brazilian Christmas Cookies at Confeitaria Cristina in Sao Paulo|
|Brazilian Christmas Cookies at Cristina Bakery in Sao Paulo|
|Brazilian Christmas Cookies with the Brazilian Christmas figurine at Confeitaria Cristina in Sao Paulo|