A Stollen is a loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit, and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. Other ingredients include yeast, water and flour, and usually zest added to the dough. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season, when called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen. A similar cake from the Dutch cuisine is called a Kerststol in Dutch, while in Italian cuisine the panettone also shows a likeness. The early Stollen was a different pastry, the ingredients were very different - flour, oats and water. Every year a Stollenfest takes place in Dresden. A carriage takes the cake, that weighs between three and four tonnes, in a parade through the streets of Dresden to the Christmas market, where it is ceremoniously cut into pieces and distributed among the crowd, for a small sum which goes to charity. The tradition of baking Christmas Stollen in Dresden is very old. It was already baked in the 15th century.
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