Saturday, 31 December 2011

Number 49: stollen AND marzipan

I got a Green and Blacks Chocolate recipe book for Christmas last year and have been meaning to make something from it all year.

The recipes look incredibly rich and they definitely need an occasion to make them worth the calories. So hopefully they will make a very Happy New Year...

I made this stollen this morning, which has the added first of making my own marzipan to roll into the middle of it. It was all a bit of a faff to be honest, with the dough having to be risen, then rolled, then the fruit spread, the dough folded over it (like puff pastry), then repeat, then roll around the marzipan, then bake.

It uses Green and Black's Java Gold chocolate, which is dark and rich with bitter orange, which is rolled into the dough layers. In the baking it melts into lumps and mixes into the dried fruit.

It will be on the table this evening for our New Year's Eve travel themed evening (for which we will have FAR too much food, so I expect a little may go a long way!

Oh, and marzipan is just ground almonds, icing sugar and egg white. Easy!

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