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Danish Yule Bread

Submitted by: rurification on June 24, 2011
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Danish Yule Bread

A traditional Danish Christmas braided bread. It’s easier than it sounds and delicious with hot chocolate on Christmas morning…and afternoon…and evening…and after the kids go to bed.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Servings: 8 loaves

Prep Time: 3 hours   Cook Time: 20-30 minutes  


4 Cups milk
1 1/2 Cups butter
1 1/3 Cups sugar
3 Tbsp yeast
2 1/2 tsp cardamom [the fresher, the better]
2 tsp salt
10-12 Cups flour

1 egg
1 tsp water


Melt butter. Add milk. Warm to body temperature.

In a very large bowl mix sugar, salt and cardamom.

Soften yeast with a large spoon full of the sugar mixture and some of the warm milk.

Add yeast and milk/butter to the rest of the sugar mix in the very large bowl. Stir.

Add flour and roll to mix. Handle dough as little as possible.

Cover and let rise 1 hour.

Divide dough into 8 balls. Divide each of those into 3 smaller balls. Let rest. (Dividing takes some time, so by the time you’re done dividing everything, the first set has rested long enough.)

Make a 15″ rope from each of the 3 small balls. Braid and tuck the ends under.

Let rise 30 minutes (while you’re doing the rest of the loaves).

Glaze: Beat egg with 1 tsp water and brush on loaves.

Bake on greased sheet at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Categories: Breads, Breakfast, Crowd-Size, Entertaining, Gift Basket Goodies, Holiday, Old-Fashioned, Other Breakfast, Special Occasions, Yeast Breads

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  1. 12-24

    Great recipe, I just made it for christmas gifts for people and it looks beautiful. I’m not quite sure when to tell if it’s done, so far it has been in there for thirty mins but it still feels doughy in the middle.

    Overall awesome recipe though (:

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