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Julekake

  • Yeast
  • Milk
  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 heaping Tbsp butter, melted
  • Raisins
  • Citron
Make a sponge as for bread, the desired size, using milk instead of water. Add the beaten egg whites and cinnamon. When ready to mold, add the melted butter. When ready to form into loaves, press into the dough of each loaf a couple of dozen large raisins and as many cubes of citron. Make neat little loaves. Let it rise (rise up!) again. When baked, butter or brush with an egg the top of each loaf.
Submitted by Tess M Oct 14, 2009
15 min 30 min 45 min

Citron

  • It is difficult to find citron in USA grocery stores but is sometimes sold during the holidays to complement fruitcake recipes
  • The Buddha's hand variety of citron is named after it's finger-like shape and is often used in fruit cake
  • Candied citron peel is commonly found in marmalade
  • Citron rind produces oil that is often used in liquor and fragrances
  • The citron rind is the most commonly used part of the fruit
  • Asian cultures use the citron to add fragrance to a room and to wash clothing
  • Citron grows in a variety of shapes but is usually oblong or oval
  • Citron was used to cure people experiencing seasickness
  • Bakers often use candied fruit or lemon peel as a citron substitute
  • A citron is a fruit similar to the lemon with less acid, a thicker rind, and less pulp

Yeast

  • Professional bakers often use fresh compressed cake yeast which is more predictable and easy to dissolve
  • Rapid-rise yeast has a different baking behavior from other types of yeast and will have a flavor that is more bland and texture that is more simple
  • Active dry yeast and instant yeast can be used interchangably
  • Test your yeast before baking: Add to a small cup of warm water and then add a Tbsp of sugar - If it foams, it's ready
  • Yeast and the leavening process create the air pockets and sponge-like texture in bread
  • Yeast activates the fermentation process, turning carbohydrates into gas (carbon dioxide) and alcohol
  • Yeast is a single tiny cell nearly the same size as a human red blood cell
  • Yeast is a type of fungus in the same family as the mushroom

Raisins

  • Raisins are high in antioxidants which are considered by many scientists to slow the aging process and prevent cancer
  • Raisins are gluten-free
  • A serving of raisins (1.2 ounces) contains 110 calories
  • Raisins were dropped by "Raisin Bombers" in Berlin during WWII to feed children
  • The first written reference to rasisns was in the Old Testament during the reign of King David, 1000 B.C.

Cinnamon

  • Add cinnamon to your desserts to help with digestion of your meal
  • Many natural health experts recommend a half teaspoon of cinnamon per day to enjoy health benefits
  • Test cinnamon for freshness with your nose: Fresh cinnamon has a sweet smell
  • Cinnamon sticks will stay fresh for about a year if kept in a cool dry location while cinnamon powder will hold fresh for about half a year
  • Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde which can regulate hormone production in women
  • A study from the Kangnam Korean Hospital showed that cinnamon reduces arthritic pain
  • Some diabetic patients eat cassia cinnamon to lower blood sugar
  • Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of an evergreen tree that thrives in warm, humid climates
  • Cinnamon is a source of good health containing fiber, iron, and calcium

Egg whites

  • Egg whites contain vitamin B which can reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and improve memory
  • Egg whites contain absolutely no fat and a tiny amount of carbohydrates
  • Egg whites are an excellent source of protein because their amino acids are easy to digest
  • An egg white contains folate, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous
  • When removing an egg yolk from an egg, you reduce the calorie content by 75%
  • Separate egg yolk from egg white by tossing the yolk back and forth between two shells with a bowl beneath
  • Egg whites are high in protein and low in cholesterol

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