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Cardamom Twist

 Cardamom Twist
These golden twists have a soft, tender texture and the perfect amount of cardamom flavor in every bite. Slices are especially good with a cream cheese spread or fresh honey butter. Carla Miller, Pasco, Washington
18 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-3/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cardamom pods (about 40)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-3/4 to 5-1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sugar

Directions

  • Place 1 in. of water in a small saucepan; add carrots. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain, reserving 1/4 cup water. Transfer carrots and reserved water
  • to a small food processor; cover and process until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Remove seeds from
  • cardamom pods; coarsely crush seeds. Add the seeds, sugar, oil,
  • salt, pureed carrots and 2-1/2 cups flour to yeast mixture. Beat
  • until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough
  • (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about

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Cardamom Twist (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the
  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into
  • thirds; shape each into a 25-inch rope. Place ropes on a greased
  • baking sheet and braid; pinch ends together, forming a round loaf.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat egg white and water; brush over loaf. Sprinkle with coarse
  • sugar. Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (18 slices).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 195 calories, 5 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 269 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.