Julekage (Danish Christmas Fruit Loaf)

Julekage (Danish Christmas Fruit Loaf)Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Typically baked with candied citrus rind and either spiced apples or dried fruit (our choice), this rich Scandinavian sweet bread is then crowned with a sweet, snowy-white glaze.


1 loaf, 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 234
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fat 6.7 g
Satfat 1.3 g
Monofat 3 g
Polyfat 1.8 g
Protein 5.9 g
Carbohydrate 37.6 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Cholesterol 42 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Sodium 249 mg
Calcium 47 mg


4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
2 tablespoons chopped candied citron
2 tablespoons chopped candied lemon peel
2 tablespoons chopped candied orange peel
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
6 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon fat-free milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 tablespoon turbinado or granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons water
1/4 teaspoon almond extract


To prepare dough, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine 4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, almonds, and the next 8 ingredients (almonds through cardamom) in a bowl.

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in butter, vanilla, and 2 beaten eggs until well-blended. Gradually add flour mixture; stir to combine. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour and 45 minutes. Dough will not double in size.(Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)

Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Roll into an 11 x 9-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Roll up rectangle tightly, starting with a short edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Place, seam side down, in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Uncover the dough. Combine fat-free milk, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1 egg; brush lightly over loaf. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.

To prepare glaze, combine the powdered sugar, water, and almond extract in a small bowl. Drizzle over loaf.