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Norwegian Christmas Bread

Rated as 4.79 out of 5 Stars

"When my husband became a minister for a church in an area populated with Norwegians, my father-in-law was delighted because I had easy access to recipes he enjoyed as a child. This is a traditional Christmas bread, but I make it for any holiday we get together. --Deborah Petersen, Princeton, New Jersey"
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55 m servings
Original recipe yields 24 servings


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  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, egg, butter, salt, cardamom and 2 cups flour; mix well. Stir in raisins, citron and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to greased top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; divide in half. Shape each portion into a flattened ball. Place in two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.


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This is almost the same as the Christmas Bread my husband's mother makes. I usually make it in our bread maker for convenience, with the following adjustments: Add liquids first, flour, then ye...

I have been looking for this recipe since my mother passed away three years ago. I am so happy to have found it. She never wrote it down and my sister and I wanted to make it for last Christma...

I made this today for my mother, whose mother was from Norway. She used to make "YuleKake" ever year and send it to us. We've been trying to find a similar recipe and this is it! I used the frui...

I have an older male friend of Nowegian heritage and as a little Christmas surprise I made this for him. His warm blue eyes lit in delight when he saw the first loaf. He ate the first slice, as...

My bread did not rise properly and I don't like Christmas Bread -- not even Norwegian Christmas Bread -- but it tastes amazing! So I like Norwegian Christmas Bread now! Thank you!

I couldn't find candied fruit in the stores so I used dried fruit pieces (Sunmaid brand, contains raisins, apples, apricots, etc). The bread was to DIE for! I brought a loaf into work and it was...

I've been making julekage for years. I'm never quite happy with my recipe, but, forget by the next year and make the same recipe all over again before I remember. This year I remembered to look ...

I haven't tried the recipe yet, however it is very close to the one that I use. I am not at my home, and cannot get to my recipes there. This is the closest I have found to my recipe. Try it w...

Very good. Reminds me of Christmas with family!