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Braided Cardamom Rings

 Braided Cardamom Rings
Most Christmases, I'll take one of my rings to my husband's family and one to my family. Of course, I make sure to keep enough at home, too. They look so festive with the colorful cherries. Bill and I have two girls, 8 and 2. -Jo Learman, Caro, Michigan
32 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8-3/4 to 9-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • LEMON ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Red and green candied cherries, halved, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the milk, butter, egg,
  • sugar, cardamom and salt and 6 cups of 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 hour.
  • Punch dough down and divide in half. Divide each half into three
  • portions. Shape each portion into a 24-in. long rope. Place three

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Braided Cardamom Rings (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Form into a ring; pinch
  • edges tightly together. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let
  • rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
  • wire racks.
  • For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk
  • to achieve desired consistency; spoon over rings, allowing icing to
  • drizzle down the sides. Decorate with cherries if desired. Yield: 2
  • coffee cakes.
Editor's Note: Rings may be iced and served warm if desired.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 231 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.