Norwegian Cardamom Bread Braids

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.


4 loaves (10 slices each)

Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
This treasured recipe reflects my Norwegian heritage. The subtle hint of cardamom is undeniably good. —Sally Nelson, Tempe, Arizona


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1-1/2 cups warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 9 to 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional sugar


  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. Preheat oven to 375°. Beat remaining egg; brush over loaves. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

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