Swedish Cardamom Bread using a Bread Machine
The larger part of my family is Swedish. We like pickled herring, butter, rice pudding, lingonberry, did I mention butter, and of course, cardamom bread. Cardamom bread is the ultimate comfort food in our house. My grandmother would bake this bread for all of the holidays as well as any kind of gathering that would involve coffee…which being Swedish meant all of the time. They say that smells have direct links to memories and every time I smell this bread baking I am reminded of my grandmother.
Traditionally this is a bread that would take all day to make. It is supposed to rise several times and you would have to shell and grind the cardamom by hand. It is a sweet bread that usually has a sugar or icing topping and is sometimes topped with sliced almonds.
We love this bread but honestly, it can be a pain to make. That is until I realized you can make a pretty darn good cardamom bread in about a quarter of the time when you use the bread machine!
I have not attempted to actually make the entire bread/recipe in the bread machine, just the dough part. This works well because all you do is toss in the ingredients, turn your machine on to the dough setting, and then in about an hour and a half, you have beautiful cardamom bread dough that you can braid and then pop into the oven!
3/4 cup warm milk
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup of butter softened (slice or chunk if it is not softened for better results in the bread machine)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3 cups flour
Place all of the ingredients into the bread machine in given order. Select dough cycle.
When the dough is done, using floured hands, remove from machine and divide into three balls.
Roll each ball into long (about 14 inches) ropes.
Braid the three ropes together making sure to tightly pinch together and tuck the ends underneath so they do not come apart when baking.
Place your braided loaf on a baking sheet and cover loosely with a towel. Let the loaf rest and rise for about 10 minutes.
Brush the loaf with milk and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake in the oven at 375°F for 20 – 25 minutes or until the top is light brown and when tapped, the loaf sounds hollow. If it needs a few more minutes, cover with tin foil and put back in the oven until done.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we have. Just don’t forget to serve it with butter!
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