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Julekage

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.

Ingredients

  • ½ c. warm water
  • 2 pkg. yeast
  • 1 ½ c. milk
  • 1 c. sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ c. shortening
  • 2/3 c. citron (candied fruit)
  • 1 c. raisins
  • 7 c. bread flour

Directions

Combine warm water and yeast; stir until dissolved. Add 2 Tbsp. of the sugar to the yeast mixture and set aside. Combine shortening and milk in a glass bowl and microwave until shortening is nearly melted; stir and set aside. Place the milk, shortening, salt, cardamom, eggs, 3c. of the flour and the remainder of the sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the yeast. Stir until mixed and then beat until smooth and elastic. Stir in citron and raisins.

Using a wooden spoon or a dough hook, stir in enough flour to make a workable dough (cleans the side of the bowl and is slightly sticky). Place on floured board or counter; knead until dough springs back to touch, about five to seven minutes. Let rise, punch down. Divide in half and shape into two loaves (round or regular); place in respective pans (aluminum pie pans work well for the round loaves). Let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes.

Makes 30 servings.

Per serving: 180 calories, 2 grams (g) fat, 6 g protein, 35 g carbohydrate and 105 mg sodium.

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