Danish Julekage Recipe

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 degrees to 115 degrees)
  • 2 cups warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped candied fruit
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sugar, butter, shortening, salt, cardamom, eggs and 4 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in raisins, candied fruit and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 12-in. x 9-in. x 1/2-in of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under. Place, seam side down, in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. For topping, combine the sugar, flour and cardamom; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over loaves. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.