One of the things I enjoy the most during Christmas, is having an extensive brunch with my family. The so called traditional Dutch ‘kerststol’ (almond fruit loaf) is one of the pastries this brunch just can’t do without.
‘Kerststol’ is a traditional Dutch oval-shaped fruited bread loaf with delicious almond paste in the middle and is eaten during brunch at Christmas. The typical way to eat a slice of this bread is spreaded with butter and topped with powdered sugar.
The Great Body & Skin version of the kerststol
Kerststol consists of white flour yeast-bread dough and the almond paste is rich in butter and refined sugar. This recipe wouldn’t be a typical Great Body & Skin recipe if it wasn’t a much much healthier version of the traditional Dutch kerststol. My version of the kerststol doesn’t contain any refined sugar, is gluten, grain, yeast, lactose and casein-free, high in fiber and full of healthy fats. Therefore, its perfect for people on a (weight loss) diet, such as a low carb or paleo diet. Moreover, it is suitable for those concerned with the GI (glycemic index) value of their food, diabetics, candida sufferers, celeacs and those with lactose or other food intolerances.
The base of this recipe, the bread, consists of low carb coconut flour. Coconut flour is derived from the flesh of the coconut, which is extremely healthy, as I have underlined before. Coconut contains lauric acid , a fat that is quickly absorbed by the body and used as instant energy. Other health benefits of coconut:
– stomach cleanser
– fights infection
– boosts thyroid function
– boost metabolism
– boosts energy production
– cancer-fighting properties
– cleanses the body’s internal systems
– improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body
– enhances bone and dental health
– coconut water has way more nutritious than whole milk, having less fat and zero cholesterol
– high potassium content
– low sodium content
– helps lower high blood pressure and low sodium content
– supports healthy digestion
Get started with the recipe and serve your friends and family a sweet, traditional Dutch Christmas almond paste kerststol.
- • 1 cup/2.7 ounce/480 gram coconut flour
- • 1 cup/240 ml melted extra vergine coconut oil
- • 1 tbs melted extra virgine coconut oil to butter the loaf
- • 12 large cage-free eggs
- • 1 cup/240 ml almond milk
- • seeds of 4 vanilla beans
- • 4 tbs ground cinnamon
- • 2 tsp fine Celtic or pink Himalayan sea salt
- • optional: dried fruits, such as raisins and chopped nuts (this will increase the GI value though and makes the bread high carb and high starch)
- • 1 cup/240 gram blanched almonds or almond meal
- • 1 egg white
- • 6 drops of liquid Stevia
- • juice of 1/2 lime
- 1. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
- 2. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
- 3. Combine the mixtures and mix until smooth.
- 4. Butter the loaf pan with melted coconut oil.
- 5. Split the dough into 2 amounts and cover the bottom of the loaf pan with half of the dough.
- 6. Make a gutter with your fingers through the center across the length of the dough (proximately 1,5 inch deep). Later on, you will put the almond roll in the gutter. Let’s make the almond paste roll first.
- 7. Put all the ingredients for the filling in a kitchen machine and blend until the mixture becomes smooth.
- 8. Make a roll of the mixture that’s just a little bit shorter than the length of the loaf pan.
- 9. Place the almond paste roll in the middle of the dough in the gutter and cover with the other half of the dough.
- 10. Gently pinch to seal and smoothen out the top of the dough.
- 11. Slice about 4 diagonal cuts in the top of the dough.
- Baking the bread
- 12. Bake the bread in a preheated oven at /350°F /175°C for 45 minutes.
- 13. Let the bread cool outside the oven for about 1.5 hour.
- 14. Slice it up and its ready to serve!
- Enjoy your Christmas brunch!
- Kcal 252.2 Protein 7.2 Carbs 4.4 Fat 22.4 Fiber 10.9