Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Cardamom is an aromatic spice that come from a plant belonging to the ginger family that lends a wonderful holiday taste to this pretty Cardamom Bread braided yeast bread.
1-1/2 teaspoons cardamom, ground
2 ounces yeast
1-1/2 cups bread flour
1-1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
4-1/2 cups bread flour
Combine cardamon, yeast and 1-1/2 cups flour in large bowl.
Heat milk, butter and sugar until butter is melted. Cool to 115 degrees. Add 2 beaten eggs and salt. Beat into flour mixture, about 2 minutes with mixer. Add more flour to make a malleable dough, about 4 to 5 cups. Knead for 5 to 8 minutes. Cover and let rise for 90 minutes.
Divide into thirds, then thirds again, forming 9 balls. Let rise 10 minutes. Form into ropes and braid into three, 3-rope loaves. Place side-by-side on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise again 40-50 minutes. Brush tops with milk, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar over each loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Recipe makes 10 servings. Serving Size: 1 Slice Cardamom Bread (1/10 Loaf).
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In Northern Europe (especially Scandinavia) white cardamom is used to season baked goods such as Christmas stollen, cakes, cookies, muffins and buns. Green cardamom is preferred in India and the Middle East.