Scandinavian Holiday Loaves (Jule Kaga) Recipe


Difficulty LevelEasyServings2


 Dried yeast2 Tablespoon (2 Cakes)
 Lukewarm sweet cider1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Honey1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Oil1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Salt1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Milk1 Cup (16 tbs), scalded
 Whole wheat flour/Rye flour5 1⁄2 Cup (88 tbs), sifted
 Eggs2 , beaten
 Orange rind2 , grated
 Lemon rind2 , grated
 Dried currants1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Cardamom seeds6 , crushed fine
 Nuts1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 2429 Calories from Fat 826

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 93 g142.5%

Saturated Fat 15.6 g77.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 222.8 mg

Sodium 1729.2 mg72%

Total Carbohydrates 362 g120.8%

Dietary Fiber 54.1 g216.6%

Sugars 83.2 g

Protein 74 g147.4%

Vitamin A 9.8% Vitamin C 69.9%

Calcium 40.5% Iron 103%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Soften yeast in cider.
Add honey, oil and salt to milk.
When lukewarm, beat in 2 cups of flour.
Add yeast mixture and eggs.
Stir in rest of ingredients and remaining flour.
Knead until smooth.
Turn into oiled bowl, cover and set in warm place to rise until double in bulk.
Divide dough in half.
Shape each half into loaf and put into oiled 8 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch pans.
Set in warm place.
Let rise until nearly double in bulk.
Bake at 375° F. for 35 to 40 minutes.