And because I know I'll lose the picture again and the internet never forgets, here is the magic stollen recipe as made by my mom with my "help". I've included the picture of the cookbook (The Spice Cookbook) so if anything looks really wonky you can check it, but there are modifications to be made.
2 envelopes active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 - 115 F)
2 tsp sugar
1 cup scalded milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter
2 large eggs
6 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp grated lemon rind
1/2 c currants
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup glaze cake mix (the weird candied fruit mix)
1 1/3 cups chopped almonds
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Place the first 3 ingredients in a mixing bowl large enough for mixing the dough. Let stand until yeast softens. Cool milk to lukewarm and add to yeast along with the 1/2 cup sugar and butter. Mix well. Beat in eggs. Stir in 3 cups of the flour, together with the salt, nutmeg, and lemon rind. Beat until batter drops in sheets from the spoon. Stir in remaining flour, raisins, currants, weird candied fruit mix, and 1 cup of the almonds. Turn onto a lightly floured board. Knead
Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangular sheet 1/2 inch thick and about 12 inches long.
Bake in a preheated moderate oven (375 F) 25-30 minutes or until browned. Cool on racks.
When ready to serve, brush loaves with melted butter and sift confectioners' sugar over the top.
It's Holidailies time! Now go read some other blogs!