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Cardamom Braids Recipe

Cardamom Braids Recipe

This is an old recipe that I like to make for breakfast. The bread is great for dunking in a cup of coffee.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. YIELD:32 servings


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


  • 1. 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.
  • 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; divide into six pieces. Shape each piece into a 16-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends firmly and tuck under. Repeat with remaining three ropes on another baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • 4. Brush braids with milk and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

Nutritional 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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chris and jenn User ID: 4471881 223095
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5836839 63113
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

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

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