I invite you to join the Frog family in our annual* Stollen tasting extravaganza. Over the next two weeks, we will be conducting a rigorous yet highly subjective tasting experiment, in which we will eat Stollen from a variety of shops and makes; each cake will go through a series of tests and our findings will be posted online, with a 2011 winner announced in the New Year.
The TEST criteria will be as follows:
Presentation/Attractiveness, from 0 = it’s a right old mess to 5 = ain’t it pretty
Amount of Icing Sugar, 0 = faint suspicion to 5 = who snowed on my cake?
Crumb Factor a.k.a moistness, 0 = falling to pieces to 5 = gooey goodness
Taste, 0 = meh to 5 = can you taste the cardamom/rum/hint of citrus peel in that cake?
Marzipan Content, 0 = no Marzipan to 5 = it’s a Marzipanaganza!
Nut and Raisin Content, 0 = it’s all dough to 5 = the perfect mix
Alcohol Content, 0 = a teetotaler’s heaven to 5 = more, hic, Stollen please, hic!
Each Stollen will get an overall mark out of 5.
Mr Frog, who will from now on be known as Badgerman on this site, as a maths teacher will be tasked with working out the mean average. He is also our in-house Stollen expert and will have the last word on true Stollen goodness, although you will be informed if there is disagreement between us (it is my blog after all).
*It is annual in that we did it last year, so it is a repeat. I suspect it might become a Christmas tradition of sorts.