I started out with all the ingredients (well, after I went to the grocery store TWICE since I kept forgetting something) and a clean kitchen.
I scalded the milk. (which you are actually supposed to do!)
I mixed the sugar, flour, cardamom & salt.
I stirred in the milk/butter mixture and alternated with scoops of flour.
I switched to my bread hook when the directions told me to.
I mixed in the citron and the raisins.
Things were starting to look a little worse for wear in my kitchen.
I kneaded. And kneaded. And kneaded. My first batch was not the best. I didn't do a good job of mixing at the beginning and kneading the dough was like punching a rock with barnacles on the top.
I let the dough rise for three hours while watching it like crazy and repeatedly turning the heat on/off to keep the oven warm. I punched down the dough and let it rise AGAIN for another two hours. At last it was time to make into loaves and rise for the last time before baking. During this entire time, I was also making batch number two (much better this time. I was more careful about the mixing and the kneading went more smoothly. I need to remember this next year.)
And therefore, this is what dinner looked like. Take-out.
Voila! Beautiful - though rather misshapen - loaves of Julekage. Sadly, I wasn't able to make some for us so we will devour my mother's instead.
Before I gave the Julekage out, I wrapped them in cellophane bags and tied them with a green grosgrain ribbon. I was happy with the results - they looked great. There wasn't enough for me to taste them this year, so hopefully they tasted just as good. I, however, am exhausted. Two batches in one day was a little overly ambitious. Next year, I am thinking about giving out gift certificates!