candied orange peel replaced orange zest. The filling itself was a combination of additional dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and a thick ribbon of homemade almond paste. The end result is one massive, dense, sweet crescent that is loaded with fruit and nuts. Each bite has hints of citrus and rum bitterness. Stollen is certainly a colorful, wintry-looking creation--appropriately so, for something traditionally eaten during the winter holiday season. It's a bittersweet reminder that with Halloween around the corner and Thanksgiving a month away, the full-fledged holiday baking frenzy will be upon us soon enough.
*UPDATE 12/02/11: This post is heading for the special holiday edition of YeastSpotting.