I wish all my readers and friends A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Hope Santa has brought all the gifts you asked for. When I started writing this post, Santa was in UK according to NORAD the official Santa checker. From her school my daughter bought very special food (oatmeal) for reindeers to sprinkle it in our yard so that Santa will surely stop at our house and give her the presents she wished for. This week I had rough start, I had to remove two wisdom teeth, resulting in heavy pain. I always thought why in world I am pulling the very strong teeth which don’t want to come out with lots of local anesthetics and heavy force. After that is unbearable pain, I lived with strong painkillers for whole day. I felt better the next daybut still not pain free. I did one wise thing of baking this Julekake/Norwegian Christmas bread before going to dentist.
This is traditional Norwegian Christmas Bread made with lot of cardamom, raisins, sugar, egg and milk. Every year for Christmas I will try to make plum cake, Kerala style rosette cookies/Acchappam and rice flour canoli/Kuzhalappam. Along with bread from other countries, last year I made Swedish Limpa bread. I made plum cake this time. I also tried to make panettone sourdough version, that turned out to be a bad decision, even after 48 hours of rising my sourdough doesn’t do its magic on the sweet bread dough, I went ahead and baked it, it turned out be disaster. It so doughy, no work of yeast, and went directly to the garbage.
In order to forget my panettone disaster I made this bread; traditionally it is made with all-purpose flour, now I am getting health conscious so made with 2 cup of white whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour. I also reduced the amount of sugar, but retained the amount of raisins. I used golden raisins. This recipe is adapted from this Norwegian blog, translated with Google translator. Normally it is served during Christmas breakfast with Brunost: (or geitost) Norwegian brown cheese. Traditionally it is made from the whey of goat’s milk which is boiled for hours until most of the water has evaporated and the sugars in the whey have caramelized, giving the cheese its distinctive brown color. Nowadays the whey is also likely to have been supplemented with goat or cow milk and cream. This ‘cheese’ is then packed into rectangular blocks, refrigerated and consumed straight away with no maturing. I think since we are not able to get hold of brunost, we can use with any kind of Jam or as butter toast. It is really delicious. While baking this bread, you can really feel the aroma of cardamom my favorite spice in this world. If you love sweet breads then give it try, you will like it. You can also add candied citron if you have in your hand. Here comes the recipe.
This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.