Norwegian Cardamom Bread Braids Recipe
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Norwegian Cardamom Bread Braids Recipe

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This treasured recipe reflects my Norwegian heritage. The subtle hint of cardanom is undeniably good. —Sally Nelson, Tempe, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 164 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Originally published as Cardamom Braids in Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2001 , p51

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Kathy2rdh User ID: 7696637 257631
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"I get lots of requests for this recipe - 1 friend told me she dreamed of this bread after having in last year! I double the cardomom"

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