Christmas Bread - Julekage

Makes 3 loaves

Put sugar, butter, salt and scalded milk in a large bowl. Stir until butter is melted. Let stand to cool.

Add yeast to warm milk, stir until dissolved and the add to the butter and milk mixture. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix well. Add 5 cups of flour a little at a time, beating after each addition.

Coat 2 cups fruits and cardamom seeds with ½ cup of flour. Stir into basic mixture.

Place remaining flour on a board and knead the dough into it until smooth. Put dough in a greased bowl and brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk.

Put back on the board and punch down. Divide in 3 portions and shape into loaves. Place in greased pans (9×5×3) and let rise until doubled in bulk.

Bake in a preheated 450° oven for 10 minutes, then lower heat to 350° and bake 45 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove from oven and cool. Top as follows: 1½ cups powdered sugar; 2 tablespoons hot cream; ¼ teaspoon vanilla. Mix all ingredients together. Spread over the tops of the cooled bread, letting a little run over the sides.

Decorate with candied fruits of your choice.