Norwegian Christmas Bread (Julekake)
Norwegian Christmas bread, also known as Julekake, is a traditional holiday bread that is enjoyed throughout Norway during the Christmas season. This delicious bread has been a staple in Norwegian homes for centuries and is loved for its rich and aromatic flavors. In my modern version of this classic bread, I use a combination of dried cranberries, cherries, golden raisins, and blueberries with the more traditional spices and flavorings; ground cinnamon, cardamon, and orange zest.
Julekake originated from a time when Christmas was celebrated for several days, and families would bake large loaves of bread to last them throughout the festive period. Many of the first Julekake bread recipes were made using a combination of wheat and rye flour, mixed with raisins, candied orange peel, and cardamom for a seasonal festive taste.
Traditionally, Julekake is eaten on Christmas Eve, often accompanied by butter, cheese, or jam. It is also enjoyed during the Christmas morning breakfast and is a popular treat to share with friends and family.
Similar breads are made in different parts of the world, such as the German Stollen, Swedish Lussekatter, and Italian Panettone. These lovely breads share a common theme of being slightly sweet and aromatic, with a mixture of fruits and spices commonly seen in many types of baked goods during the holiday season.
Julekake is a delicious and festive bread that is sure to bring warmth and cheer to any holiday celebration. Making this seasonal bread is a wonderful culinary tradition that has been passed down through generations and is a must-try for anyone looking to experience the flavors of a Norwegian Christmas.