Baking for Christmas Eve

One tradition I try to abide by is baking something special for Christmas morning. Today I am getting all of my ingredients in order to make stollen tomorrow. It is a dense bread full of dried fruit, almonds and spices. Traditionally it is made into an oblong which symbolizes a swaddled infant. This version is from Martha Stewart and is actually her mother's treasured recipe. It is wonderful warmed with a bit of butter and a hot cup of coffee!