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A Special Gift for Friends and Neighbors

Norwegian Christmas Bread, ready to be gift wrapped.

Norwegian Christmas Bread, ready to be gift wrapped.

It’s always nice to have something homemade to give to neighbors and friends at Christmas and for us that special gift is Norwegian Christmas Bread.  The recipe came to us by means of a friendship in Maine.  We used to stop and have tea with a seventy-ish Norwegian widower on our walk around Ocean Point and once at Christmas he was reminiscing about a special bread his wife used to make.   When I asked to see the recipe, he took out a typewritten page covered in notes he had written in his several failed attempts to make the bread.  He gave me a copy, and the next time we saw him I gave him a loaf.  It’s a dense yeast bread, sweet with candied fruit and currents and fragrant with cardamom. The top is glazed with egg white, giving it a shiny, festive look. The look of joy on his face when he tasted it still raises my spirits every time I think of it.  I was able to relive that joy with a gift of a loaf each year thereafter until he died at age 100.

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Ready for their second rise.

Ready for their second rise.

We make about 40 loaves each year, 10 at a time.  In order to make that much at once we use our antique bread pail (the old Universal #8) and my husband has to turn the crank to knead it, as it’s too hard on my shoulders.  The fun is delivering it around the neighborhood.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you, my virtual friends.

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