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It’s that time of the year again, where there are more important things, and one can forget about SAP, computers and other geeky stuff. So – this is not going to be a technical or Grumpy subject. Instead, just like A Christmas Carol, I want to share a recipe with you. This time it’s a more traditional one: Christmas stollen. Don’t despair, it isn’t that difficult to make and doesn’t take much time to make either.

     

  • 100g eggs
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  • 100g egg yolks
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  • 130g sugar
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  • 100g flour
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  • 8 table spoons raspberry jam
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  • 0,5l cream
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  • cocoa powder
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  • mint
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  • pink pepper

 It’s a 10 steps recipe:  

     

  1. Beat the eggs, egg yolks and 120g sugar into a foamy, somewhat viscous mass.
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  3. Whisk the flour into that substance.
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  5. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper or baking paper. Definitely don’t grease it.
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  7. Spread the mixture out over the baking tray.
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  9. Let it bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
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  11. Take the pastry out and lay it over a wet (clean) towel and let it cool just a little bit.
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  13. Spread the jam on the cake while it’s still warm.
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  15. Roll the cake up into a log and let the cake cool down completely.
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  17. Whip the cream together with the rest of the sugar.
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  19. Cover the cake with the cream and decorate further with the cocoa powder, mint and pink pepper.

   
If this is not geeky enough for you, you might want to try out Craig’s Monkey Bread as a side dish for your turkey, goose or whatever.

Having said this, like the year before, 2006 was yet another exciting SDN year. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did. Don’t forget to post what you’ve liked the most in Re: Best Of 2006 … forum thread. Only 12 replies have been posted so far. If you want to prevent this from turning into yet another – since I need to repeat myself – very venomous Grumpy, you definitely need to add your comments. It’s all in your hands.

Concluding, I want to wish you all a good holiday and I hope to see you again next year for another fruitful SDN year! Or in the words of a local stand up comedian: “And remember, you make me all completely … chacha. Bye, bye, ‘till the next time.”. When you like the more international touch, here’s a message from 2 little elves.  

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  1. Marilyn Pratt
    Hi Eddy,
    Enjoying Craig’s video (and I loved the geek in a kitchen approach) is the closest I’ll get to Monkey bread sampling…I liked best bringing it to grandma’s to bake.  But perhaps your Stollen are something my children will encourage me to beta test on them, and quickly.
    Of course they will also want to introduce process improvements like can mom be more agile and innovative in the kitchen…and the one thing they surely will ask is can mom globalize the recipe and provide a translation for grams of eggs.  All the modeling and translation debates aside, thanks for reminding us of the fun ways we can collaborate here, and have a sweet year. 
    best,
    Marilyn
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      1. Eddy De Clercq Post author
        Sorry for the misunderstanding on the Monkey Break. I’m still a bit dazzled about the The Human League concert last night. Yes, they still exist and yes I’m that old.
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    1. Eddy De Clercq Post author
      Ah, the egg problem or better the weight of it.
      I don’t know if there are int’l standards, but a medium size egg weighs between 53 and 63 grams in Belgium.
      So for classics like a 4/4 cake (4 ingredients with exact the same weight), you need 5 eggs for 250g flour.

      Eddy

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  2. Community User
    We should video blog that – bummer you are so far away it would be perfect for the next episode of “Geek Cooking”.

    Thanks again for being “Grumpy” this year you kept us on our toes and provided the solution when we were being too slow!

    Thanks also for the reminder to everyone for the thread – if people don’t tell us we don’t know maybe I should blog it? Also thanks for reminding folks “elves” do run SDN 😉 my wife is still laughing and I showed her yesterday LOL

    Have a great Holiday season!

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  3. Alvaro Tejada Galindo
    Hi Eddy:

    Thanks for the recipe…I hope I can find enough time to try it -:D
    Your blogs this year, were really great -;) But I hope to a grumpier grumpy old man next year -:D

    A big hug from Lima, Perú.

    Blag.

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