Stollen is a traditional Christmas bread laden with as much history as it has fruit and nuts. Since at least the 14th century, stollen has been a traditional German Christmas bread, known as Weinachtstollen or Christstollen at this time of year. It is a sweet bread made with cinnamon, nuts, and dried fruit. The fruit used can include raisins, currants, candied orange, and lemon. It’s not uncommon to find rum in the bread as well, and it is often covered in powdered sugar or icing. It is a dense bread, often weighing in around 4 pounds, although that can vary depending on the bakery
One of my favorite childhood memories is making Christmas cookies. It was an annual tradition and we had a set menu: chocolate crinkles, cut-outs, snickerdoodles, snowballs, and probably a few others I’m forgetting. We also made fudge and divinity if it wasn’t too humid for the candy to set. When we made the cut-outs my siblings and I each got a pan of cookies to decorate, and then of course we got to eat them when they were finished! I always preferred the smaller cookies (especially the candy cane shaped ones!) because they were a little crunchier than the others. The cookies were, of course, left out for Santa on Christmas Eve and featured prominently on Christmas morning, when we ate cookies and candy for breakfast because my mom was too busy to make breakfast.
It’s that time again! The holiday season is so magical and fun, but it can also be stressful. You have to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life, from your parents to your spouse to your kids to your cousin’s brother’s sister’s nephew’s teacher. The Sugar Vine is here to take that weight off your shoulders! We’ve pulled together all the best wine and dessert gifts for everyone in your life. Just grab a glass of wine and start clicking!
Halloween is over, November is here, and that means one thing: we can all start gorging ourselves on pie! This is one of my favorite times of year because pie comes front and center in the dessert world. At other times of the year, most people think of cake, cookies, and ice cream when they want dessert, but in November it. Is. All. Pie. Pumpkin, lemon meringue, coconut cream, pecan, apple, cherry, buttermilk, you can have any flavor you want, any crust you want, and as much of it as you want!
If you’re looking to have some fun at this year’s Halloween party, consider doing a spooky wine and dessert pairing party. With just a few tweaks to a traditional pairing party, you can give your guests a great time.
There are few things in this world better than a flaky, buttery, pie crust covered in a rich, sweet filling. It’s a little crunchy, a little chewy, and just melts in your mouth as you savor the delicious taste. Pastries are intimidating to many people because the dough has to have just the right proportions of ingredients and then it has to be mixed just enough to evenly distribute the fat and liquid into the flour, but not so much that it becomes tough.