Festive Julekage

Festive Julekage

This Scandinavian holiday bread is filled with candied fruit, raisins and almonds.

45 min. prep time
16 servings
252 Ratings



1 ((1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115°F.)
3 1/4 to 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest


1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk


Candied cherries, if desired


Dissolve yeast in warm water in bowl. Add 2 cups flour, milk, candied fruit, raisins, almonds, sugar, 1/4 cup butter, egg, salt, cardamom and lemon zest. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place into greased bowl; turn greased-side up. Cover; let rise in warm place 1 1/2 hours or until double in size. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)

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

Heat oven to 350°F.

Bake 35-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan immediately. Cool completely.

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

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 150

Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 80mg

Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #5417©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I was determined to try the recipe before making it for my family at Christmas. Lacked a couple ingredients so I substituted currents for candied fruit and half and half for the milk. It was absolutely great! It is a dense loaf.....don't under bake it. I will make it again....and I may even make the same substitutions next time.
My wife and I loved this bread. We ate the entire loaf in two days (must diet after Christmas). Second loaf is now in the oven.

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