Norwegian Cardamom Bread Braids Recipe

Norwegian Cardamom Bread Braids Recipe


2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)

1-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)

1-1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

3 eggs

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon salt

9 to 10 cups all-purpose flour

Additional sugar

How to make it

In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add warm milk, sugar, butter, 2 eggs, cardamom, salt and 6 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.

Punch dough down; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide into fourths. Divide each portion into thirds; shape each into a 12-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled, about 45 minutes.

Beat remaining egg; brush over loaves. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks.
Yield: 4 loaves.