Norwegian Merry Christmas Bread Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time5 MinCooking Time25 Min
Ready In30 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthyCuisine
CourseMethod
DishSpeciality
VegetarianMain Ingredient

Ingredients

 Milk1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
 Sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Butter/Margarine1 Cup (16 tbs) (2 Sticks)
 Salt1 Teaspoon
 Warm water1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (105 To 115 Degree F)
 Active dry yeast1⁄2 Ounce (2 Packages)
 All purpose flour9 Cup (144 tbs)
 Ground cardamom2 Teaspoon
 Eggs3 , beaten
 Diced mixed candied fruit8 Ounce, chopped (1 Jar)
 Light raisins1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Confectioners sugar icing1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Adjust Quantity As Needed)
 Candied cherries2 Tablespoon (Red And Green)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 8570 Calories from Fat 2038

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 232 g357.6%

Saturated Fat 131.4 g657%

Trans Fat 3.6 g

Cholesterol 1152.1 mg

Sodium 2720.5 mg113.4%

Total Carbohydrates 1477 g492.4%

Dietary Fiber 46.4 g185.5%

Sugars 564 g

Protein 161 g321.6%

Vitamin A 134.9% Vitamin C 12.4%

Calcium 86.8% Iron 345.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

1. In a small saucepan, heat milk just until bubbles form around edge of pan; remove from heat. Add sugar, butter and salt, stirring until sugar is dissolved and butter melted. Let cool to lukewarm (a drop on wrist won't feel warm).
2. If possible, check temperature of warm water with thermometer. Sprinkle yeast over water in large bowl, stirring until dissolved.
3. Stir in lukewarm milk mixture, 4 cups flour, the cardamom and eggs; beat with wooden spoon or electric beater until smooth—about 2 minutes.
4. Gradually add remaining flour, mixing in with hand until dough is stiff enough to leave side of bowl.
5. Turn out dough onto lightly floured pastry cloth or board. Knead until smooth—about 5 minutes.
6. Place in lightly greased bowl; turn dough over to bring greased side up. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place (85°F), free from drafts, until double in bulk— about 1 hour.
7. Turn out dough onto lightly floured pastry cloth or board. Kuoad in candied fruit and raisins.
8. Grease two cookie sheets. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a smooth ball—8 inches in diameter; tuck edges under.
9. Place on prepared cookie sheets. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place, free from drafts, until double in bulk—1 to 1 1/2 hours.
10. Preheat oven to 350°F.
11. Bake 40 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove to wire rack to cool slightly.
12. Spread warm breads with Confectioners'-Sugar Icing, letting it run down sides. Decorate with candied red and green cherries.
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