For a few years, a decadent model of stollen made on the 4 Seasons Resort in Vancouver was the must-have vacation merchandise. When the resort closed earlier this 12 months, legions of followers had been left questioning what would occur this Christmas.
Enter chef and baker Mark Burton, who just lately launched his on-line bakery Greatest Type — the place the celebrated stollen, utilizing the unique 4 Seasons recipe, is the most popular merchandise on the menu.
“The one factor that is tremendous particular for me was the truth that the recipe I am utilizing truly has a very lengthy historical past and it is obtained a whole lot of pleasure inside this recipe,” Burton instructed host Gloria Macarenko on CBC’s On The Coast.
Stollen, or Christstollen, is a conventional German fruitcake containing spices, nuts and dried fruit, and coated in icing sugar.
Burton, who used to work on the 4 Seasons, obtained the recipe from his colleague and pastry chef Gerhard Weitzel, who had ready the stollen on the resort since 1991.
“He has been making this explicit stollen on the resort proper up till the final Christmas earlier than it closed. This was a chance for me to hold on with this little custom,” Burton stated.
“He is very, very completely satisfied that I will do it, as properly.”
The 4 Seasons Resort shut down in January 2020 after greater than 40 years in enterprise. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)
Burton says stollen is the definition of “sluggish meals.”
“It is a three-day course of. It is pre-soaking your fruit with numerous rum. Advance-toasting the nuts. It is a whole lot of fermentation. There’s a whole lot of butter, let me inform you that. A lot of marzipan. After which [there’s] a whole lot of endurance concerned as properly,” he stated, laughing.
After baking, the loaf is slathered in butter — twice — dusted in vanilla sugar and aged for seven days.
Weitzel was supposed to affix Burton within the kitchen this 12 months, however needed to withdraw due to well being points.
“I believe it is truly killing him slightly bit that he cannot be within the kitchen with me. The pandemic has restricted what we’re capable of do. Nonetheless, I am nonetheless capable of produce this,” Burton stated.
On the top of Christmas season, the 4 Seasons Resort would promote upward of 900 loaves of its stollen.
“I might be actually completely satisfied if we get to that quantity. It may be a whole lot of work, however I am wanting ahead to it,” he stated, including that he had already bought 200 loaves.