Julekake is a traditional Norwegian Christmas cake. We’ve had one on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember, usually store bought and always delicious. Store bought until I forgot to order one and was forced to make my own – or go without.
Oh the horror!!
We simply could not have Christmas morning without a julekake, so after consulting with older relatives in the know I managed to find a quick and easy julekake recipe.
The Julekake – jewel cake – is a sweet bread with candied fruit inside. It’s a simple yeast bread recipe that fills the home with the glorious aroma of holiday warmth. I use candied fruit – the kind you’d use for a fruitcake and can find in the baking section in just about any grocery store. These are brightly colored cherries, dates and mixed peels and make for a colorful bread. Alternatively you can use raisins and currants for a less colorful julekake. Nuts can also be added, but there’s someone with a nut allergy in the family so we skip the nuts.
To glaze or not to glaze?
I glaze my julekake, because that’s how they come from the store, but you can leave yours glaze free. A glaze of confectioners sugar is super easy to make, I just use this one from Pillsbury.
In this Scandihoovian home we serve the julekake with coffee, a pre-breakfast treat enjoyed while kids are unwrapping gifts from Santa. One loaf feeds gobs of people and most little kids don’t want anything to do with it for reasons I will never understand – even though I shunned it as a child myself.
If this is your first julekake I hope it becomes a tradition in your home.