breadschristmasrecipes December 20, 2013

Norwegian Bread

2 cups milk
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar     
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cardamom
Scald milk, add other ingredients and cool.  When lukewarm add 1 pkg dry yeast.  Add 4 cups sifted flour. Beat until smooth; put in large buttered bowl.; cover; let rise to double in bulk (about 2 1/2 hours).  Then stir in 5 cups sifted flour.  Turn out on a floured board and knead until elastic.  Knead in 1 cup raisins and 1 cup chopped nuts.  Knead these in a little at a time.  Replace in buttered bowl; cover and let double.  Knead down; divide in 3 portions, shape and put in greased bread pans.  Cover; let double and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.  Yield: 3 loaves.
NOTE:  My grandmother used to make this every Christmas.  It is divine when toasted and buttered.  Brings back lost of memories for me.  My dad makes it every year now.  Since I have lots of Norwegian blood in me—this is a fun tradition for us!  Hope you will enjoy it yourself!
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