March 31, 2018
Paasstol is a traditional Dutch Easter Bread… (when served at Christmas it's called Kerststol). The recipe is shared by Tim Pierson. His great grandparents emigrated to America from war torn Holland in the 1940’s, as bakers. They settled in Salt Lake City, Utah and opened Sugarhouse Bakery. One of their loved recipes, brought with them from Holland, was Paasstol. Paasstol is a flavorful raised bread stuffed with raisins, apricots, or cranberries and filled with almond paste log in the center, then generously dusted with powdered sugar.
Watch Paasstol being made on Studio 5
Turn dough out on floured surface, create a hollow in center of the dough; place soaked raisins and zest in the hollow (note - do not pour in any excess liquid that may remain from the soaked raisins). Knead in raisins and zest into the dough until evenly distributed (add additional flour to the surface of the counter as needed, to prevent dough from sticking).
Remove dough from bowl, shape into an elongated loaf and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using a rod or narrow rolling pin, flatten dough in the middle creating a groove down the center. Place almond paste log in center of the groove; fold dough over the almond paste.
* May leave out the dry milk and replace the 1-cup lukewarm water in recipe with 1-cup lukewarm milk.
⅔ cup blanched slivered almonds
⅓ cup sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract, optional
Place almonds and sugar in food processor and blend until fine. Add egg and optional almond extract, jog processor until ingredients form a ball. Shape in a log and refrigerate until ready to use.
NOTE: The Almond Paste, as written, is perfect for use in the recipe above. For easier preparation, double the batch, use half now, refrigerate the other half for later. Wrap paste in plastic wrap then store in ziploc freezer bag. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Food traditions are more than recipes. They connect us to loved ones. Through food we create memories that teach love, struggles, hope, dreams, and heritage. Through our foods we bind families together and strengthen generations.