Yuletide Bread

A Scandinavian holiday tradition, julekage (or julekake) is a fruit-studded, lightly spiced, yeast-less bread that’s perfect for coffee with company. Here's our version, brimming with dried fruit and almonds and topped with pearl sugar for a festive touch.

15 mins
1 hr 10 mins to 1 hr 15 mins
1 hr 25 mins
1 tall bread
Yuletide Bread


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the inside of a panettone pan (or a paper panettone pan) and place on a baking sheet. 

  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients and the fruit blend. Whisk together the milk, melted butter, and 2 eggs + 1 yolk (reserve the white). Add to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Mix in the almonds.

  3. Transfer the batter to a 6" bakeable paper panettone pan and smooth the top.

  4. Make the topping by beating the reserved egg white with sugar; lightly brush over the top of the batter. Sprinkle with pearl sugar and more toasted almonds. 

  5. Bake the bread for 70 to 75 minutes, until a paring knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove it from the oven and cool completely on a rack before slicing or wrapping.

  6. Store bread, wrapped airtight, at room temperature for up to 4 days; freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

  • To substitute for the Yuletide Cheer Fruit Blend: use 1/2 cup (85g) each candied orange peel and golden raisins, and 1/4 cup each candied lemon peel (42g) and dried cranberries (57g).

  • To substitute for the Yuletide Cheer Spice: use 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon coriander, and 1/8th teaspoon each allspice and nutmeg