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Christmas Bread (Jule Kaga)

Christmas Bread (Jule Kaga) created by Chef LauraMD

This is a moderately sweet cardamom flavored bread. Excellent for the holidays - or any special day! We like this lightly toasted with either peanut butter or butter and orange marmalade.

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2hrs 30mins
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directions

  • Plump raisins by placing them in a microwavable container adding 1 c water for 3 minutes.
  • Dissolve yeast in 1/2 c warm water, set to the side. Mix together shortening, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, cardamom. Add in proofed yeast mixture and slowly add flour and reserve about 1/2 cup. If using Kitchen Aid with dough hook, mix for 5 minutes, if not, knead by hand for 3 minutes. Chop cherries, raisins and nuts mixed with the remaining flour and then work into bread.
  • Place in a large greased bowl and let raise for one hour in a warm area. Punch down bread and place into greased bread pans - should make 3 large loaves or 4 medium. Let raise one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325. Cook bread for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
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"This is a moderately sweet cardamom flavored bread. Excellent for the holidays - or any special day! We like this lightly toasted with either peanut butter or butter and orange marmalade."
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  1. scott.hedges74
    Family Tradition. (Grandmother's parents from Norway & Denmark) Citron and large raisins are the ONLY 'fruits' permitted in Grandma Bollows Yule Kaga. First loaf out of the oven Never got to cool down - buttered and eaten too quickly. And woe to the neighbor who dated to ask for the recipe after saying she put jelly on it. Mom vowed she would NEVER have it. (A promise I still honor today. Butter is all that is ever needed.)
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  2. Chef LauraMD
    Christmas Bread (Jule Kaga) Created by Chef LauraMD
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  3. Sydney Mike
    Cut the recipe in half but will certainly be making this TASTY BREAD again later nearer the end of the year when candied cherries are available ~ This time around I plumped 1/2 cup of dried cherries as I did the raisins! Also used 2 tablespoons of cardamom! Very good just with an orange flavored butter, too! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]
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  4. Chef LauraMD
    This is a moderately sweet cardamom flavored bread. Excellent for the holidays - or any special day! We like this lightly toasted with either peanut butter or butter and orange marmalade.
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