Cooking From Memory ~ A Recipe Journal


Julekage (Festive Christmas Bread)

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Ingredients for the Bread ~

  • 1 package active dry yeast (¼ ounce)
  • ¼ cup warm water (105 to 115° F.)
  • 3 ¼ to 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2/3 cup chopped mixed fruit (e.g. Paradise Extra Fancy Fruit Cake Mix)
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel

Ingredients for the Glaze ~

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons milk

Ingredients for the Garnish ~

  • Candied cherries, if desired

Method ~

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Add 2 cups flour, milk, candied fruit, raisins, almonds, sugar, ¼ cup butter, egg, salt, cardamom and lemon peel. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour by hand to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Place in greased bowl; turn greased-side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double in size (about 1 ½ hours). (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)

Punch down dough; shape into round loaf. Place in greased 9-inch round cake pan. Brush top of dough with melted butter. Cover; let rise until double in size (about 1 hour).

Heat the oven to 350° F. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan immediately. Cool completely.

Stir together powdered sugar and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in small bowl. Spread over bread. Garnish with candied cherries, if desired.

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