Coffee, chocolate and orange braided stollen | Festive Food with Steve James



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Thanks to Steve for the wonderful festive food recipes over the past few weeks.  This recipe for coffee, chocolate and orange braided stollen includes one of my favourite Christmas ingredients – marzipan.  To be honest stollen is something you could eat all year round, totally delicious and moreish.

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Ready, steady, BAKE!



Coffee, chocolate and orange braided stollen


  • Stand mixer with dough hook
  • scales
  • measuring spoons
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • bowls
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pastry brush
  • Baking tray
  • baking parchment
  • sieve
  • Clean tea towels
  • Airtight container
  • Cooling rack


  • 225 ml whole milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 80 g unsalted butter
  • 450 g strong white flour
  • 7 g fast action dried yeast or 15g fresh yeast
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 zest orange finely grated
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 130 g mixed dried fruit soaked in Thatcher's Katy cider
  • 5 tbsp Thatcher's Katy
  • 150 g marzipan
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  • Heat the milk, butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over a medium heat until the butter has melted. Stir regularly to stop the milk catching on the bottom of the pan.
  • Using a stand mixer with dough hook fitted, add the flour.
  • To one side of the bowl add the yeast.
  • To the other side of the bowl add the salt, mixed spice, orange zest, egg and milk mixture.
  • Beat in the stand mixer until smooth, 'elastic' and starting to come away from the sides of the bowl.
  • If you don't have a stand mixer, mix in a bowl, tip onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture evenly in half.
  • Mix the cocoa, coffee and water to smooth thick paste.
  • Put one half of the dough into a bowl and cover with a clean tea towel.
  • Put the other half back in the stand mixer and add the paste.
  • Mix until fully incorporated. Again this can be done by hand.
  • Place into a separate bowl and cover.
  • Leave to prove for an hour to 1 and ½ hours
  • Tip the doughs onto a floured surface and knock out the air bubbles, keeping the dough separate.
  • Knead the soaked mixed fruit into the plain dough
  • Roll out the plain dough into a 20cm by 20cm square, roll up and divide into two 10cm strips.
  • Roll out the chocolate dough to a 20cm square.
  • Roll out the marzipan so it becomes one long strip the same length as the dough.
  • Place the marzipan on the chocolate dough and roll it into the dough. Divide into two 10cm strips.
  • Roll each of the four strips using the palm of your hand until they stretch to 20cm in length.

To plait the stollen

  • Lay all four strips on your surface so they are all in the same direction.
  • At one end squidge them all together.
  • To plait, fold the right most strip into the middle crossing one strip.
  • Fold the left most strip into the middle crosing two strips.
  • Repeat these steps until the whole loaf is plaited together.
  • Squash the end together and tuck under.
  • Transfer to a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Cover loosely with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 30 minutes to an hour until double in size.
  • Meanwhile preheat your oven to 170°c fan assisted.
  • Gently uncover your stollen and brush with beaten egg all over.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until golden.
  • TOP TIP: It's ready if it sounds hollow when tapping on the bottom
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool and dust heavily with icing sugar before serving.
  • It will keep for days in an airtight container.

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