Christmas Stollen are a traditional dessert through German-speaking Europe. There are many iterations, but the basic theme is fairly consistent. An unsweetened dough, which resembles bread as much as it resembles cake, is peppered through with chunks of the ubiquitous dried fruits of the season and then topped with vanilla flavored powdered sugar.
It's an ingenious blend of savory and sweet that traces its roots back to the 14th century! How's that for traditional? Another great German tradition is that of sweet wines from the Noble Riesling grape. There are several levels of sweetness and intensity that differentiate Germany's dessert wines, from the sweet Auslese to the sweeter Beerenauslese. The more complex and rare Trockenbeerenauslese to the epitome of German Riesling, Eiswein. I prefer wines at the ends of the spectrum, and a super fine Auslese is my choice for pairing with Stollen. The 2005 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr is rich and powerful, with loads of sweet fruit that make it a great Stollen wine.
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