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Julekake - A Norwegian Christmas Bread

User Rating 5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


What lovely memories I have of Dad making loaves of Julekake for Christmas. You just can't beat the smell of bread baking. The best way to eat this bread is still warm from the oven or even better - toasted with real butter on it. I hope you'll enjoy my family's favorite Christmas bread.

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 cups flour, divided
  • 2 packages rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups mixed diced candied fruit
  • milk


Melt margarine with milk and water. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour with dry ingredients. Add margarine mixture and combine with an electric mixer. Beat until batter falls in sheets from beaters.

Stir in candied fruit. Gradually add remaining flour; knead dough until smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes. Shape dough into a ball, and place in a greased bowl. Cover. Let rise in a warm place (80 to 85 degrees F) until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and place on pastry board; shape into 2 loaves. Place each in a greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Brush tops of loaves with milk. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, 45 to 50 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned.

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 5 out of 5
Grandma is always present, Member judymcgehee

The best of the Norwegian bread recipes. When I bake I always have my grandma present because the smell takes me back to my childhood! it's the best of the Christmas season.........

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