Christmas Cake
Norwegian Julekake
also called Julebrod

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Yule Bread

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Here is how to make traditional Christmas Cake (Norwegian Julekake), also called yule bread.

As part of getting ready for Christmas, many moms around Norway bake several loaves of this delicious yule time bread. The recipe below makes 3 round loaves.

Ingredients:
6-7 1/2 cups unbleached flour
(Reserve 1-1/3 cups flour, of which
1/2 cup is to be added to yeast
1/2 cup is to be added to eggs
1/3 cup is to be added to dry ingredients and some to be used for kneading.)

3/4 cup sugar (Reserve 1 tablespoon sugar to be added to yeast and milk.)
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cardamom
2 envelopes dry yeast
2-5/8 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, margarine or shortening
2 eggs
1 cup seedless white raisins
1 cup regular seedless raisins



Preparation:
Preheat oven 375°F. (190°C.)
Mix 1/3-cup flour with all dry ingredients.
Heat milk and butter and 1 tablespoon sugar
to 120°-130°F. (48.9°C. - 54.5°C.)
Add yeast to milk.
Add 1/2-cup flour to milk.
Add remainder of ingredients.
Beat 2 minutes medium speed.
Add 1/2-cup flour and eggs and mix.
Mix raisins and flour together and add to mixture.
Knead and form dough using reserved flour.
Transfer into large, greased bowl.
Let rise double in size.
Form three round loaves and
place into round, greased baking pans.
Brush loaves with milk.
Let dough rise again.


Bake at 375°F. (190°C.) for 35 minutes.
Let rest before removing from baking pans.

Remove from baking pans and cool completely before placing into plastic bags.

This Norwegian yule time bread can be frozen.

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Hope you will enjoy our wonderful Norwegian Christmas tradition.

Merry Christmas! God Jul! (in Norwegian.)

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