Grandma Knutson's Jule Kake
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Grandma Knutson's Jule Kake (Christmas Bread)

Jule Kake (Christmas Bread) a sweet, rich bread spiked with citron, candied cherries and sweet raisins adorns many a Scandinavian Christmas table. This recipe has been passed down through four generations of the loveliest ladies I have had the pleasure of knowing.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Breads, Christmas, Holidays
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Servings: 30
Calories: 217kcal


  • 3 cup milk, scalded
  • 1/2 cup water, lukewarm
  • 4 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast | 2 (4 ounce) packages
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 1/2 cup flour, divided
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup citron
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied cherries
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom


  • In a medium bowl dissolve yeast in water, set aside.
  • Place butter, sugar and salt in large working bowl. Pour scalded milk over and allow to cool to lukewarm.
  • Add yeast and 4 cups flour, beat well.
  • Add eggs, mixing to combine. Add citron, cherries, raisins and cardamom and enough of the remaining flour to create a soft dough. Knead and place in a greased bowl.
  • Let rise until doubled. Knead again. Place in greased pie pans (2) + 1 small loaf pan. Let rise again until doubled.
  • Bake at 350˚ F for 35 - 40 minutes.
  • Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar while still warm. Yields 3 loaves.


Serving: 2slices | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.9mg