Christmas is, among other things, a great celebration of food and tradition in my family. Through the generations, we have collected many different European heritages, and the holiday desserts my mom and I bake reflect this mix of traditions. We always do classic sugar cookies with sprinkles, but also go Scandinavian with Spritz cookies and always, always, always make the traditional German frosted fruit bread, Stollen.
The holiday breakfast staple in my family for as long as I can remember, Stollen has come to symbolize the meaning of the holiday for me. My mom always gets up early to bake the Stollen and I wake up to the smells wafting up through the house, coming down in time to see all the finished loaves lying out across the kitchen counters, frosted and adorned with candied cherries. We take loaves to our neighbors with holiday greetings before we head up to our family feast with the Pangaea of Stollens—an impressively massive loaf that could feed an army but never seems to make it to the leftover stage. Friends, family, tradition and heritage dressed up in frosting. Who knew?
Happy Holidays from my family to yours!