Preparation info

  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking

The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking

By Marlena Spieler

Published 2016

  • About

This rich, sweet dessert bread was made during the wintertime festivities in Germany. Jews adopted it from their Christian Neighbours.


  • 375 g/13 oz/3 cups strong white bread flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 g/2 oz/¼ cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 10 ml/2 tsp easy-blend (rapid-rise) dried yeast
  • 150 ml/¼ pint/ cup milk
  • 115 g/4 oz/½ cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 175 g/6 oz/1 cup mixed dried fruit
  • 50 g/2 oz/¼ cup glacé (candied) cherries, quartered
  • 50 g/2 oz/½ cup blanched almonds, chopped
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 225 g/8 oz/1 cup marzipan
  • icing (confectioners’) sugar, for dredging


  1. Sift the flour, salt and sugar. Stir in the yeast. Make a well in the centre. Over a low heat, gently melt the butter in the milk. Cool, then mix with the egg and pour into the centre of the sifted dry ingredients.
  2. Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Put in a clean bowl, cover with clear film (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead in the dried fruit, cherries, almonds and lemon rind so that they are evenly dispersed through the dough.
  4. Roll out the dough to a rectangle, about 25 x 20cm/10 x 8in in size. Roll the marzipan into a sausage shape, slightly shorter in length than the dough.
  5. Place the marzipan in the centre of the dough and fold both sides across to enclose it completely. Place the folded dough seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and leave in a warm place to rise for about 40 minutes, until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.

  6. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until golden and hollow sounding when tapped on the underside. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar.