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Jule Kaga Recipe
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Jule Kaga

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"This is a Swedish Christmas Bread with candied fruits and a yummy cardamom flavor."

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Original recipe makes 4 loaves Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    6 hrs


  1. Dissolve yeast in water.
  2. Scald milk, and add melted butter or margarine, salt, sugar. When lukewarm add to yeast and water. Stir in 4 cups flour. Cover, and place in a warm place. Let rise for about 2 hours, or till doubled in bulk.
  3. Punch down. Stir in cardamom, cherries, raisins and citron. Work in remaining flour until soft dough forms. Let rise in warm place for 2 to 3 hours, or until doubled.
  4. Knead slightly, and form into 4 round loaves. Place on greased cookie sheets. Let rise for 1 to 2 hours, or till doubled. Brush loaves with beaten egg white.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Dec 18, 2003

Very nice to find this here!! Indeed a gorgeous bread, or as we would more consider it in Sweden; "en kaka". The title though is quite misleading: not that is matters to people over there, but Jule Kage is actually Danish (yeas there IS a difference!), and in pure Sw it would be Jul Kaka. Although similar, this is more correct. Curiously I have never heard about a "kage" like this being of Swedish tradition.I guess it actually is Danish and that the author has mixed up the countries. So, try it, and enjoy the smells; and give it the title "Jule kage - a Danish cardomom bread" OR "Jul Kaka - a Swedish c. b." Merry Christmas. God Jul! Josquin

Dec 15, 2007

This is just like my Norwegian mother used to make, but in Norwegian it's called Julekage. It was a family tradition and my German father enjoyed it too. It's particularly good when heated and spread with butter and keeps well in the refrigerator. Great recipe, one of the best Christmas recipes you've had.


12 Ratings

Nov 30, 2007

My Norwegian grandmother made this for years, and now my 90-year-old mother continues to make our "Norwegian Christman Bread" using Gram's huge bread-mixer. Mom sends it to family in Alaska, Texas, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, and New York State every year; our whole family always saves it for Christmas morning breakfast!

Feb 13, 2006

A very good bread and easy to make. I added a teaspoon of lemon extract to it because I like the cardamom/lemon combo, and the taste was wonderful. The only complaint I have was that it didn't rise as much as I would have liked. I would make it again, though!

Dec 10, 2003

This is a wonderful Norwegian bread!

Dec 21, 2010

Same recipe as my Norwegian grandmother used to make. She would put citron in with the dried cherries. Then she would make another batch but without the cherries, citron or raisins. That bread made the greatest toast for breakfast! I make both of them. Here's some info on cardamom. It's VERY expensive and the pungency will fade from purchase date to the next year. I keep my bottle tightly capped, put it in a ziploc freezer bag and keep it in the freezer. It is also used to season "krumkage" which is similair to a pizelle OR waffle cone that is cooked and rolled around dowling while hot. Good stuff! I think the title means "crumb cookie" which describes it very well.

Feb 05, 2004

Thanks for submitting this recipe Janice. It went together well and turned out/tasted great! I liked the first rising with only half the flour. I like cardamom and plan to increase it by 1 tsp. next time. Great recipe to do with the kids.

Nov 11, 2009

I don't know whose correct about the origins of this bread, but it's definitely a nice bread. I made it in the bread machine and used maraschino cherries bc I don't have candied cherries. It was a bit sticky (probably due to the cherries) but it baked up well and the bread itself is a very soft white bread. Tastes pretty good. Thanks for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 159 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.2 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 139 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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