Stollenprobe - Official Stollen tasting

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*The* local food for Christmas in Dresden is the original Dresdner Christstollen, short: Stollen, which is basically a yeast dough fruitcake in the shape of a large bread, topped with powdered sugar and with ingredients like lots of raisins, almonds, rum, butter, sugar, spicery ... so, sweet and rich. Another name for this food is "Striezel", is what gave the name for Dresden's largest Christmas market, "Striezelmarkt".

Only about 120 bakeries in or in close distance to Dresden that are members of the bakers guild and the Dresdner Stollen Association are allowed to name their Stollen officially "Dresdner Christstollen". If you buy one, make sure it has two seals: One is a golden oval seal embossed with an image of Saxony's most famous king, Augustus the Strong, on horseback, the other is the blue EU quality label that it is a product with a protected geographical indication.

Preparing to cut the Stollen with the special knife ...


Every year in November the Dresden Stollen Association does tastings of the products in order to guarantee the quality of the Dresdner Stollen. All the members of the Association must provide one (or more, if bigger bakeries) of their products for the tastings. Criteria are the look (inside and outside), the flavour, the taste, each with lots of aspects. Each product is sent to a chemical lab also, to make sure no preserving agents or flavour enhancer were used, and no margarine instead of butter. A minimum of 4.0 points out of 5.0 in each category is needed to pass the test and get the seal. The baker always gets a detailed feedback what was good and what was not.

One of the tastings always takes place in public, usually on second Friday in November in the shopping mall Altmarkt Galerie from 11 am to 6 pm.
One slice is cut!
I always try to make time for a visit. It's a good chance to talk to many of the bakers, get their opinions on what makes a good Stollen, catch up on possible new trends, prices in the current season, get info on how to store the Stollen etc. And of course, in the first place, it's the perfect opportunity to taste lots and lots of different Stollen! In 2017 e.g. I went there during lunch break and again after work - and I tried all in all about 20 different products. It was very interesting to see that despite the strict regulations they all tasted differently in some way, one or two were not good and two or three were outstanding. As it is a blind tasting you don't know which one is good and which not, though ...

german_eagle says:
I cannot wait till Advent season ... will eat lots of Stollen slices :-)
Posted on: Nov 19, 2017
odiseya says:
This event is the great reason for visit Dresden.
Posted on: Nov 18, 2017
german_eagle says:
Thanks for the comment, Adam. Yes, absolutely, it's dead serious. If the Stollen is not good, this can totally ruin Christmas!
Posted on: Nov 12, 2017
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The Jury
The Jury
Preparing to cut the Stollen with …
Preparing to cut the Stollen with…
One slice is cut!
One slice is cut!
checking the flavour
checking the flavour
Tasting!
Tasting!
The Jury
The Jury
A cup of coffee between two sample…
A cup of coffee between two sampl…
The chairman of the jury explains …
The chairman of the jury explains…
The perfect result!
The perfect result!
Tasting for the spectators
Tasting for the spectators
Not such a good result ...
Not such a good result ...
More samples for the spectators!
More samples for the spectators!
Talking about Stollen with a baker.
Talking about Stollen with a baker.
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