April 23, 2015

Eggless Norwegian Julekake - an Xmas treat too early :-))

The Xmas of 2014 is past by us. 2015 awaits us in 8 months. So do we need a reason to celebrate the joy of a Norwegian bread baked only around Xmas ? This is a Julekake a tad too early .. And we loved it :)

Based on Gayathri's recipe (which I think was suggested by Priya Sri ) & there on replicated in a few other blogs too, I tweaked the recipe - first by halving it, and then replaced the APF with bread flour, some of the butter with the olive oil and so on. What came out was a fantastic crusty looking bread with a soft interior. And was gone in minutes.

So Xmas or no Xmas, do enjoy this treat. This link has an interesting read on the origin of the name julekake and amongst pother things, tells us"The Norwegian word for Christmas is actually a pre-Christian Viking drinking festival: Jul. And holiday deserts are a big part of Norway's Christmas season: the local Christmas fruitcake called Julekake and a towering marzipan kransekaka...festooned with Norwegian flags and party poppers."

Baking Marathon Day 20 : Norwegian Julekake
Recipe type : Breads (Yeasted bread)
Course: Main course or as a snack
Prep time : 10 mins | Bake time : 25 mins | Standing time : 2 hours (both rise)

You would need:
  • Bread Flour / APF / Wholewheat flour - 1.25 cups ( i used bread flour)
  • Instant Yeast - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Candied fruit / Tutti Frutti - 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - Less than 1/4 cup (depends how sweet your candied fruits are)
  • Milk - 1 TBSP less than 1/4 cup
  • Warm water - 1/3 cup (adjust acc to flour)
  • Ground Cardamom - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry ginger - 1/4 tsp (optional.)
  • Oil - 1/3 cup

  1. Sieve flour with cardamom, salt, ginger powder.
  2. Proof yeast with warm water and sugar. Once it blooms, add to sieved flour mixture. Add milk , oil, powdered sugar as required and make a soft dough. 
  3. Once done, add the candied peel, and knead softly till it gets incorporated. Let it rise in a oiled bowl covered (about 60-90 mins). 
  4. Divide into 4 parts (or acc to your loaf pan). Cover and rise again.
  5. At the end of the 2nd rise, preheat oven to 180 c. Brush a lil milk / egg on top, and make till golden brown (mine took approx. 27 mins). 
  6. Cool on wire rack, and slice once cooled completely


  1. Yummy & colorful bread. Looks so soft & delicious.

  2. This treat is welcome anytime of the year. Bread looks good and colorful with tutti fruitti.

  3. We made this last year and it was sooo good!!! looks so soft and delicious..

  4. Sounds so delicious and looks really nice and soft.

  5. Surely looks so beautiful..no reason why we shouldn't celebrate ahead!

  6. you have really pulled out some great looking bakes this time Kalyani..this one also is very well made loaf

  7. This bread looks delightful! Now I singing christmas carol in my mind..

  8. That is one delightful, festive bread.

  9. I have already baked twice and everytime this xmas treat is definitely a super hit at home.

  10. Bookmarking this recipe, love this treat.

  11. do we need an occasion to have this treat kya? Great treat

  12. Colorful looking bread,I too bookmarked the recipe for this edition,finally ended up in making a different recipe.

  13. We loved this festive bread as well when I made it! Looks lovely.

  14. I love julekake and your version looks so colourful and delicious...

  15. Thanks for the mention kalyani! That is one flavorsome bread and with all that fruits it is definitely festive!!!


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