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Stollen
Delicious spicy cake with almonds and brandy.

Ingredients:
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon mace
  • Seeds of 5 to 6 cardamom pods, crushed
  • ¾ cup ground, blanched almonds
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • ½ cup currents
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped candied lemon peel
  • Melted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, mace and cardamom. Stir in ground almonds. Cut butter in until mixture resembles coarse sand.
  3. In a blender, cream egg, cream cheese, vanilla, almond extract and brandy. Pour in a bowl and stir in dried fruit. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well blended.
  4. Work the dough into a ball and turn out on a floured board. Knead until smooth. Shape into an oval about 10 inches long and 8 inches wide.
  5. Crease just off center with a blunt edge of a knife, lengthwise. Fold smaller side over larger and place on un-greased baking sheet.
  6. Brush lightly with melted butter before baking. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool slightly before dusting with confectioners’ sugar.