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Norwegian Christmas Bread

 Norwegian Christmas Bread
When my husband became a minister for a church in an area populated with Norwegians, my father-in-law was delighted because I had easy access to recipes he enjoyed as a child. This is a traditional Christmas bread, but I make it for any holiday we get together. —Deborah Petersen, Princeton, New Jersey
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup diced citron or mixed candied fruit

Directions

  • In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, egg, butter,
  • salt, cardamom and 2 cups flour; mix well. Stir in raisins, citron
  • and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to greased top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; divide in half. Shape each portion into a flattened
  • ball. Place in two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let
  • rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 132 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 86 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.