Stollen was first created in the middle ages in Germany and it was not a very tasty invention. The first Stollen consisted of flour, yeast and water. It sounded more like something you would feed to a prison population not actually sell it for money. The Catholic powers that be prohibited the use of butter during Advent or Lent (4 weeks before Christmas). Eventually the prohibition of butter during Lent was rescinded for a select few bakers, and then they allowed a few more until finally everyone could get in on the deal.
Stollen is very popular in Germany during Christmas but it is available year round. Our stolen is based on the yummy original style (not the prison food fare, the other original). Ours is made with Rosinen (raisin), Mandel (almonds), and Orangeat (candied orange peel) and is very moist. If you like, you can sprinkle powdered sugar for a final classic touch.