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Christmas Bread

Makes 3 loaves  Preparation time: 30 minutes  Rising time: 1 1/2 hours altogether
Baking time: about 40 minutes

Oven temperature: 400 F   Note: This bread is suitable for freezing

4 cups (1 l) buttermilk
2 oz. (50 g) yeast
3/4 cup (2 dl) dark syrup
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1/2 tablespoon roughly ground caraway seeds
1 tablespoon salt
about 3 cups (8 dl) rye flour
1 1/2 cups (4 dl) graham flour
about 4 cups (1 l) white flour

Warm up the buttermilk. Crumble in the yeast and add the syrup and spices.
Mix in the flour and knead thoroughly.
Cover with a cloth and leave to rise. If the kitchen is drafty, stand the covered bowl in warm water.
Divide the dough into three and shape each portion into a round loaf.
Put in a warm place to rise. Prick with a fork before placing in the oven.