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Festive Julekage
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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..

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