Niederegger

Stollen

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons dried active baking yeast
  • 175ml warm milk (45 C)
  • 1 large egg
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 75g unsalted butter, softened
  • 350g bread flour
  • 50g currants
  • 50g sultanas
  • 50g red glace cherries, quartered
  • 175g diced mixed citrus peel
  • 200g marzipan
  • 1 heaped teaspoon icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • toasted flaked almonds for sprinkling on top

Preparation Method

Prep: 2 hours | Cook: 40 min

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the egg, caster sugar, salt, butter, and 3/4 of the bread flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, a little at a time, stirring well after each addition.
When the dough has begun to pull together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead in the currants, sultanas, dried cherries and mixed peel. Continue kneading until smooth, about 8 minutes.
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Lightly grease a baking tray. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the marzipan into a rope and place it in the centre of the dough. Fold the dough over to cover it; pinch the seams together to seal.
Place the loaf, seam side down, on the prepared baking tray. Cover with a clean, damp tea-towel and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 150 C / Gas mark 2 and bake for a further 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow loaf to cool on a wire cooling rack. Dust the cooled loaf with icing sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon and finish with toasted flaked almonds.

Champagne Day 27th October

“Come quickly, I am tasting stars,” Dom Perignon’s famous quote after his first taste of Champagne.

Tomorrow is Champagne day, a celebration of the beautiful bubbly wine from the Champagne region of France. Vineyards were first planted in this area of Northeast France by the Romans, and were cultivated by the 5th century.  The grapes used in production of Champagne are Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, and the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation process to give the wine those classic delicate bubbles.

Here at Niederegger we can help but love a bottle of Champagne, and tomorrow we will be celebrating Champagne day by popping a cork. We also adore Champagne flavoured marzipan, really what could be better, combining the sumptuous taste of champagne with rich almond marzipan and topping it with sweet milk chocolate.

How about you treat yourself and taste the stars (and hearts).

Chocolate Week unwrapped

Chocolate Week, the nations favourite themed week started today with a whole host of events taking place throughout the country. Since Chocolate Week was founded in 2006, the British chocolate market has grown a staggering 21% and is now worth 3.8billion.

The Chocolate Week finale, Chocolate unwrapped takes place in London this coming weekend.

Around 7000 visitors are expected to attend the show where they can taste some of the best chocolate in the world, an infusion of unusual flavours and reacquaint themselves with the classics.

Demonstrations and tasting sessions from top chocolatiers and experts will also be available throughout the week.

Chocolate Week was created to promote fine chocolate and the independent artisan chocolatiers and chocolate companies.

The history of Lubeck

Lubeck, the small city in Germany has a culture even more beautiful than the taste of it’s chocolate produce; Niederegger. Lubeck, derived from the word ‘Liubuce’ meaning ‘the lovely’ or ‘the beautiful’, is a city who’s layout has remained unchanged since the 12th century. Nevertheless, Lubeck is a city full of history, so people can explore old churches, historic buildings and museums, achieving the greatest experience possible from a historic and cultured city. And the greatest thing that’s happened to Lubeck is obviously in our opinion the purest and most luxurious marzipan chocolate. So if you never get to visit Lubeck, you are sure to get a taste of the luxurious city with every mouthful of Marzipan.

Marzipan and Milk

Marzipan is a surprisingly diverse treat that isn’t always enjoyed with the right accompaniment. Of course we all like a Niederegger treat to accompany our lunchtime tea break, but have you tried apple & calvados flavoured Marzipan with a whiskey?

 

In fact Niederegger gives us a plethora of ideas about what goes well with marzipan, as we see from their mini-loaf selection. It includes flavours such as Apple & Calvados, Mirabelle Brandy, Rum & Croquant and Vodka & Fig each covered in dark chocolate, and filled with Niederegger’s coveted Marzipan that contains 58% Almonds.

 

If you’re still stumped for ideas the 200 year old company also offers actual drinks which, of course, work well with marzipan. For the morning and lunch there is Niederegger’s Marzipan Flavoured Cappuccino, Marzipan Flavoured Tea and also Rooibos Herbal Tea, made from the leaves of African plants related to those used in red bush tea. And for the evening, there’s a Cuandole Marzipan Liqueur, good for a party or as the perfect accompaniment to a good quality chocolate. The chocoholics (which, let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog you probably are!) will be pleased to know there’s even a Marzipan flavoured Drinking chocolate to enjoy before you go to bed.

Marzipan can be had with a rich assortment of drinks and other confectionary, with chocolate, milk and even, if you’re into it, peanut butter! Why not try experimenting with mixing Niederegger’s Marzipan treats with other foods and drinks and tell us what your favourite combinations are?!

 

The Little Luxuries

In times of Recession everyone’s looking for the little luxuries in life. We find we must settle for getting a DVD instead of going to the cinema; buying a high end chocolate bar at the shops instead of eating at a restaurant; to get that little shopping thrill it’s going to have to be Strada not Prada.

The recession isn’t all bad news and it’s not just Alessio Rastani (the man who said “I go to bed at night dreaming of another recession) who benefited from the recession. Primark aka ‘Prirmani’ is on the up and up ever since people realised they could get designers styles minus the designer prices. Either way people will always want to have a nicer time and a more luxurious life whether there is a recession or not.

Little luxuries can come in all shapes and sizes for the coffee crazy there’s Starbucks coffee or how about the chocoholics and sweet toothed? Niederegger confectionary is a great option to replace those humdrum galaxy or dairy milk bars, but what about something a little more original, like Luxury Marzipan? Sure it’s not the first thing you think about when you feel that sweet tooth of yours itching, but that’s probably because you, like most people haven’t experienced Marzipan as it was meant to be, not the flaky over-sweetened stuff you find on cheap birthday cakes instead more like how it’s been made at Niederegger since 1806 by a family who know what they’re doing. Niederegger is classed as 100% marzipan because it’s made with much less sugar so it’s healthier too.

So when you’re cutting back on expenses but still want a little spice in your life, choose wisely which little luxuries you include in your shop it could make the difference between spring in your step or a bee in your bonnet.

The Healthier Option

With the Olympics at a close and the Paralympics on the horizon, for the vast majority of londoners it’s now or never to get fit. It’s now or never to eat healthier and work towards that dream body. It’s safe to say that the sun hasn’t been consistently blessing us with good weather but a good body brings satisfaction even when the sun decides not to co-operate. Yes persistent exercise will be be expected and also a well structured diet but also a healthier snack. Preferably one high in vitamin E. Preferably a tasty, smooth Niederegger treat. Almost guaranteed that since the buzz of the Olympics, and a surge of new determination amongst aspiring athletes, you won’t be alone on this new journey of a healthier lifestyle.

Miss Marzipan

She’s the sweetest candy in the basket. The most delicate flower in the bunch. She’s Miss Marzipan. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside, she represents all that Niederegger Marzipan stands for: quality, delicacy and heritage. Certainly not to be mingled or confused with the impostors of marzipan. She shall roam around London with a wagon of goodies imploring people to have a taste for their own good. Selfless. To each citizen she’ll hand delicately baked treats that only 200 years of experience and prudence can give birth to. With a bonnet of love and a basket of smiles, she’ll warm up your world and do your taste buds justice. From the Olympic scenery of Stratford to the residential scene if Shepherds Bush, she’ll travel in style with a mission in mind. To bring justice to the people of London. Niederegger Treats- that’s justice.

Chocolate, the new Caviar

Britain is a nation of chocolate lovers – we love to indulge in this scrumptious treat. Britons consume an average of 11kh per person per year, that’s around 3 bars a week – this equates to 660,900 tonnes a year in total!

Since 2007 chocolate consumption has doubled, the biggest increase was seen to be in the consumption of dark chocolate, milk chocolate is the first choice for two thirds of all Brits, only 1% don’t like it!

The demand for chocolate will increase by roughly 5 million metric tonnes by 2012 according to food companies and commodity traders – this year’s supply is already expected to fall short, with demand being too high.

Chocolate is not just important to business in the UK; according to the World Cocoa Foundation some 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood. Chocolate’s popularity means it has been a powerful tool for changing trade patters, as on of the first and most successful fairly traded products.

On a negative note, it has been said that in 20 years it could be a possibility that chocolate production will decrease to the point where it will be as valuable as caviar. Farmers in Africa are currently illegally using land on national reserves, as they are so desperate for fertile land to produce this sought after crop. John Mason, executive director and founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council, has forecast that shortages in bulk production in Africa will have a devastating effect: ‘In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it.’

The aforementioned can already be seen as cocoa prices increased by 10% in 2011, this is the largest increase since the 1970s.

I must say I was quite impressed with the opening ceremony of the Olympics. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking forward to it that much, as I had heard rumors circulating around London that it wasn’t going to be that amazing – obviously, they were just trying to fool me!

The opening ceremony really gave me an insight into British culture and its heritage, and I have to say it was quite spectacular. From the image of the fresh, green countryside and the farming to the sudden change to the industrial revolution and the suffragettes, the NHS and now the social media generation.

I thought one of the most impressive part of the ceremony, was during the industrial revolution where it looked like they were carving the Olympic rings and then they rose into the air… I was in awe!

I also shed a few tears, when the Olympic torch was passed from your most successful Olympian to the next, young Olympians – I thought was a beautiful way of lighting that magnificent cauldron.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get tickets to any of the Olympic games including the opening ceremony – but I managed to find a beautiful roof terrace where I watch the red arrows fly over my head at exactly 20:12, and was able to see the fireworks in the distance. I heard a lot of British people say, ‘Well we have now managed to master the art of firework displays since the Millennium disaster.’ It left me wondering how bad your firework display was back in 2000?

Well I am continuing to watch the Olympics on the television and I am totally hooked. The problem is, I love this country so much and yet I am from Germany – I don’t know who to support???

Lots and lots of love,

Miss Marzipan xxx