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Julekake - Cardamom Bread

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Category: Norwegian, Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 2 1/2 c All-purpose flour
  • 2 pk Active dry yeast
  • 3/4 ts Ground cardamom
  • 1 1/4 c Milk
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Butter
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 c Candied fruits; optional
  • 1 c Light raisins
  • 2 1/2 c All-purpose flour


In a large mixer bowl combine 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, yeast, and
cardamom. In a saucepan heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt just till warm
(115F) and the butter is almost melted; stir constantly. Add heated milk
mixture to flour mixture; add 1 egg. Beat at low speed of electric mixer
for 1/2 minute. Beat 3 minutes at high speed, scraping sides of bowl
constantly. Stir in 1 chopped mixed candied fruits and peels (optional),
raisins, and as much of the 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour as you can mix in
with a spoon. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of
the remaining all-purpose flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is
smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place
in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover, let rise in
a warm place till double (about 1 1/2 hours). Punch dough down; divide
dough in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Shape into 2 round loaves; place
on greased baking sheets. Flatten each slightly to a 6-inch diameter.
Cover; let rise till nearly double (45 to 60 minutes). Stir together 1
slightly beaten egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water, brush over loaves.
Bake in a 350F oven for 35 minutes or till done.
Cool on a wire rack. Makes 2 round loaves.

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