I have provided ideas for serving the German Christmas dessert breads and tips for making your shopping easier. There are three stollen bread recipes and one schnitzbrot bread recipe.
Ideas for Serving the German Christmas Dessert Breads
Serve warm with coffee or milk for breakfast Christmas morning.
Having a warm bread like any of these dessert breads can replace cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.
Serve with coffee, cider or hot chocolate after caroling.
Baking one each of the German Christmas dessert breads, slicing and serving with coffee, cider and hot chocolate after Christmas caroling can be a change in snacks to serve.
Serve as a dessert with Christmas dinner.
Baking any of the dessert breads can be a nice change from cakes or other desserts that are left behind on the Christmas dessert table.
Slice and give as a bread platter gift.
Baking one each of the German Christmas dessert breads. Slice them and spread out over several bread platters. Give them as gift for Christmas.
Tips for Buying Ingredients for the German Christmas Dessert Breads
Look in the Mediterranean food sections at grocery stores that have specialty sections.
Thompson seedless is the American version of the Sultana grapes. These will be cheaper than trying to find the Sultana grapes.
If buying candied rinds, start in the produce department. If they aren’t in the produce department, check the aisle with the prunes, raisins, and similar products. The baking aisle will be another choice. If you are unable to find them in the store, search for how to make them on the internet.
Be sure to make a list of ingredients for the German dessert breads. If you are making more than one, write the name of the bread above the ingredient list. This will help you when it comes to baking.
German Christmas Dessert Bread Recipes
The following four German Dessert bread recipes may be a way to have and share different culture this Christmas.
German Christmas Loaf Recipe – Christollen
This sounds like it would be a better version of a Christmas bread than just the ordinary ones we bake and buy in the stores during the Christmas season. If you’re not familiar with what a sultana is, it is a white seedless grape from different regions than the typical white seedless grape most of us are familiar with. I’m not sure where one would buy these grapes locally, but there are some websites that sell them.
Schnitzbrot (German Christmas Bread)
This is a fruit and nut German bread made for Christmas. If you like mincemeat, prunes, raisins, and walnuts, you may like this bread. It kind of reminds me of a cross between a mincemeat and a raisin pie. I had one grandmother who would make mincemeat pie and another grandmother who would make a raisin pie. Both pies were very good.
German Stollen Bread
This is a different version of the Christollen mentioned above. It is made in a similar manner; most of the ingredients are different. Either version would be a great addition to any Christmas dessert table.
German Marzipan Stollen
A third version of a German Stollen. This one uses a marzipan in it with a few of the different ingredients in the other stollens.