Festive Julekage
45 min
04 hrs 20 min



1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm (105 to 115°F) water

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 large Land O Lakes® Egg

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    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.

  2. STEP 2

    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.)

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  5. STEP 5

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

  6. STEP 6

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


4Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
80Sodium (mg)
27Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
3Protein (g)


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  December 23, 2016

Put the cardamom into the milk and heat in the microwave. This infuses the flavor. Add almond extract to the glaze for even more flavor.

— says Ann
  December 16, 2013

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.

— says Sue
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