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Cardamom Braids

This is an old recipe that I like to make for breakfast. Slices are splendid for dunking in a cup of coffee. —Walter Dust, Rapid City, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm whole milk (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs yolks, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm milk. Add 3/4 cup sugar, egg yolks, butter, cardamom, salt, 3 cups of flour and remaining warm milk; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 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; divide into 6 pieces. Shape each piece into a 16-in. rope. Place 3 ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends firmly and tuck under. Repeat with remaining 3 ropes on another baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Brush braids with milk and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 350° until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 135 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • peaco
    Dec 29, 2019

    This one is missing the icing sugar glaze on top... you absolutely need it.... it's the bow on top of the present... :-) Here's how I make mine... it's delicious and soooo tender! Finnish Nissua "Nissua is a tender Finnish sweet bread made with cardamom. This bread is formed into braided loaves or wreaths, and topped with a simple frosting." • 2 cups milk ½ cup margarine • 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon salt • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast ½ cup warm water • 3 eggs 1½ teaspoon ground cardamom • 1 teaspoon vanilla 7 ½ cups bread flour Icing • 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 cup confectioners' sugar • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons milk How to… 1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Stir in the margarine, sugar and salt until melted. Let cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. 2. Pour milk mixture into a large bowl. Beat in eggs, vanilla, 1½ cup flour, cardamom and yeast mixture. Cover and let stand for 20 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly. 3. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. 4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal pieces and then divide each piece into thirds. Roll out with your hands until the pieces are long enough to braid. Braid three pieces together to form a loaf; repeat twice to make three loaves. Place on lightly greased baking sheets and let rise for 40 minutes, until nearly doubled. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 5. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes, until golden brown. Move to a wire rack to cool completely. 6. In a small bowl, mix together butter and confectioners' sugar. Stir in vanilla and 2 teaspoons milk to make a spreadable frosting. Spread the frosting over the cooled bread.

  • chris and jenn
    Mar 18, 2015

    This was much more dense than I expected. Maybe it needs more yeast. I make bread often and this much flour usually takes more yeast.

  • sugarcrystal
    Aug 18, 2013

    Just like my Gramma used to make! I will be making this for Christmas & Easter just like Gramma did.