The first stollen consisted of only flour, oats, and water, as required by church doctrine, but without butter and milk, it was quite tasteless. Ernst of Saxony and his brother Albrecht requested of the Pope that the ban on butter and milk during the Advent season be lifted. His Eminence replied in what is known as the famous “butter letter”, that **milk and butter could be used to be bake stollen with a clear conscience and God’s blessing for a small fee. **
I found this on Foodnetwork.com. Does anyone know how I could find out how true this is? Is it just more anti-catholic folklore or could it be true?
Ps…the recipe doesn’t sound so good to me