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Norwegian Christmas Bread Recipe

Norwegian Christmas Bread

Norwegian Christmas bread recipe, nothing can compare to the welcoming smells of cardamom-scented Norwegian Christmas bread studded with raisins and candied citron.

2 packages yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups milk
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
7 cups all purpose flour
8 ounces raisins
4 ounces candied citron sliced

Oven Temp: 350°
Recipe Cooking Time: to 60 minutes
Pan Type: two 9" x 5" loaf pan


Norwegian Christmas Bread Directions

Preheat Oven.

In a small bowl mix the yeast with lukewarm water.
Scald the milk and let cool to lukewarm. In a large mixing bowl combine the shortening, sugar and salt. Beat until creamy.
Add the eggs and cardamom, beat until fluffy.
Add dissolved yeast and lukewarm milk to shortening mixture.
Add 3 cups of flour and beat for 2 minutes,
mix in the remaining flour until dough is easy to handle and no longer elastic.
Knead until smooth.

Sprinkle the fruit with flour and add to dough.
Cover and let rise until double in size.
Punch dough down and let rise again until double in size.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Shape into 3 smaller loaves or 2 larger.
Spray pans with nonfat vegetable shortning and place dough in pans.
Cover and let rise until double in size.
Bake in hot oven for the allotted time or until done.

Yields: 3 small loaves or 2 large

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 86 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229
Calories from Fat 70
Total Fat 7.8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2.4g 12%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Potassium 111mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 36.0g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
Sugars 12.0g
Protein 4.4g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 3% Iron 9%


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