The historic background of the Dresdner Christstollen®
The history of the Original Dresdner Christstollen dates back to the 15th century, when it was first presented to the Saxon court as a Christmas cake by the name of “Striezel” in 1427.
At that time, Christmas festivities were preceded by Advent fasting period. Church rules forbade butter, milk and sweet ingredients such as raisins, candied lemon peel or almonds. Baked out of flour, water, yeast and oil, the Stollen was simply a bland fasting cake. In 1450, Elector Ernest of Saxony and his brother Albrecht appealed to Pope Nicholas V to lift the butter ban. But this was initially in vain, and it was not until 41 years later that Pope Innocent VIII enacted a letter known as the “Butterbrief” or “Butter letter”, which allowed richer ingredients. It did, however, also require a monetary payment known as “Buttergeld” or “Butter money”, which primarily went towards church building projects.
The Stollens mainly came from the surrounding Saxon regions, predominantly Meissen and Siebenlehn, but, after the Thirty Years’ War, Dresden’s bakers managed to win the right to only sell Dresden Striezels at the aptly named Dresdner Striezelmarkt.
In 1730, to mark the occasion of the “Zeithainer Feldlager” in Saxony, Augustus the Strong had a giant, 1.8-t Stollen baked and distributed with a specially crafted knife. This event ties in with the annual Stollenfest, held in Dresden on the Saturday before the 2nd Sunday of Advent.
The quality and taste of the Stollen of course improved over the centuries, and the Dresdner Christstollen® has been baked in its present-day, premium quality since the end of last century, containing only the finest raw materials, select ingredients, natural flavours and exotic spices. Although the Stollen seal requires that a set basic recipe be followed, every baker gives their Stollen a personal touch. The local custom of eating “Striezel” has for centuries established itself as a fixed Saxon tradition, and Dresdeners and their guests have been celebrating the pleasure of indulging in the Original Dresdner Christstollen® at every coffee table during Advent ever since.
A symbolic Dresden gift
The Original Dresdner Christstollen® is shipped all over Europe (other countries on request) and comes directly to you as a solidly packaged Christmas gift with a small surprise.
We can also send individually packaged corporate gifts containing personalised letters.