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Mix apricot jam/marmalade with a little water and heat in the microwave for a few seconds. Brush warm wreath with jam and leave to cool.

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    Prep Time: 90 Min
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    Cooking Time: 25 Min
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    Difficulty: Medium
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    Makes: 1 Festive Stollen Wreath

Ingredients

  • For The Dough
  • 250g Homepride strong white bread flour
  • 5g salt
  • 7g instant yeast
  • 50g soft unsalted butter
  • 120ml milk
  • 1 medium egg
  • For The Filling
  • 190g mixed dried fruit of your choice
  • 80ml alcohol/orange juice (We used Ruby Port)
  • Zest 1 orange
  • 20g ground almonds
  • 90g unsalted butter
  • 80g soft brown sugar
  • 60g chopped nuts (We used pecans and almonds)
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 180g marzipan (grated)
  • To Decorate
  • Apricot jam/marmalade mixed with a little water
  • Icing sugar
  • Little juice from an orange
  • Nuts (optional)
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Method

  1. Place chopped fruit in a bowl with alcohol or juice and leave overnight to plump up.
  2. Dough-heat milk and butter in a saucepan over low heat until just warm and butter has melted.
  3. Place flour, salt and yeast in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the milk mixture and roughly mix together adding the beaten egg. Keep mixing together until the dough forms a ball, then knead on worktop until smooth and elastic. The dough will be sticky but don’t be tempted to add more flour. Leave to prove in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel until doubled in size.
  4. Filling-beat butter and sugar with vanilla until light and fluffy. Strain liquid from fruit and add the fruits, nuts, zest and ground almonds to butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Roll dough to a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface aprx 35x25cm.
  6. Spread fruity mixture evenly on top of dough leaving an inch border around the perimeter. Scatter grated marzipan all over evenly.
  7. Roll dough up tightly from the longest end and trim ends to neaten. Using a sharp knife, cut right through the middle of the dough leaving one end attached slightly.
  8. Twist the two pieces together to form a wreath shape tucking the ends underneath to join together. Place on a tray and leave to prove until doubled in size.
  9. Heat oven to 200fan. Bake wreath for 20-25mins until golden brown.
  10. Mix apricot jam/marmalade with a little water and heat in the microwave for a few seconds. Brush warm wreath with jam and leave to cool.
  11. Icing-mix icing sugar with a little juice from the orange to make a thick paste. Pipe a little icing all over wreath, slice and enjoy!