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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.

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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
.”

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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)

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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

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Method:

  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

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16 Comments

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

  2. MySpicyKitchen

    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. vaishali sabnani

    Sounds so delicious and looks really nice and soft.

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

  6. The Pumpkin Farm

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

  7. Saraswathi Ganeshan

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

  8. Suma Gandlur

    That is one delightful, festive bread.

  9. Priya Suresh

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

  10. Sneha's Recipe

    Bookmarking this recipe, love this treat.

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

  12. Nalini's Kitchen

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

  13. Varada's Kitchen

    Very colorful and soft.

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

  15. Gayathri Kumar

    I love julekake and your version looks so colourful and delicious…

  16. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

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

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