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Christmas Cardamon Bread

Laurie Thompson <llt@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu>
Sun, 13 Oct 1996 15:46:16 -0400 (EDT)
For Michelle, who asked for Cardamon bread:  This recipe is from a friend
of mine. I've made it for the last 2 Christmases (actually on New Year's
Day) and it is spectacular warm from the oven.  Try to use freshly ground
cardamon -- buy the whole pods and grind just before you bake the bread. 
I've never tried it in the ABM, only by hand with my Kitchen Aid, although
it could probably be cut in half for a large machine.  No special utensils

          Recipe: Christmas Cardamon Bread
          Servings: 30
          Serv. Size: 1 Slice (1/10 Loaf)
          Prep. Time:  4:30

          Portion                    Ingredient
          *******                    **********
          1-1/2 teaspoon(s)          Cardamom, ground
          2 Ounce(s)                 Yeast
          1-1/2 Cup(s)               Bread flour
          1-1/2 Cup(s)               Milk
          1/2 Cup(s)                 Butter
          2/3 Cup(s)                 Sugar
          2 Large                    Egg
          1 teaspoon(s)              Salt
          4-1/2 Cup(s)               Bread flour

          Combine cardamon, yeast and 1 1/2 cups flour in large bowl.
           Heat milk, butter and sugar until butter is melted.  Cool
          to 115 degrees.  Add 2 beaten eggs and salt.  Beat into
          flour mixture, about 2 minutes with mixer.  Add more flour
          to make a malleable dough, about 4-5 cups.  Knead for 5-8
          minutes.  Cover and let rise for 90 minutes.  Divide into
          thirds, then thirds again, forming 9 balls.  Let rise 10
          minutes.  Form into ropes and braid into 3 3-rope loaves.
          Place side-by-side on a greased cookie sheet.  Let rise
          again 40-50 minutes.  Brush tops with milk, and sprinkle
          with 1 T sugar over each loaf.  Bake at 375 degrees for
          30-35 minutes.

          Made first time 1/1/95 -- Wonderful!
          Made second time 1/1/96 -- Just as good the second time!

Laurie in DC