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
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.
Fall truly is the best time for dessert. I say that every season because I’m excited for the new flavors to try, but I really mean it with fall. The flavors transition from citrus and fruit focused to cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin. They’re warmer flavors with more depth. They make you want to slow down a little and savor them, rather than gobble them up and run back to the pool. To get you thinking about the delicious flavors of fall, here are a few of The Sugar Vine’s favorites: