One of my favorite Christmas recipes to make each year is Swedish Christmas Braid. I first made it back in 2009 thanks to finding the recipe on the Angry Chicken site. One of the reasons why I love this recipe is the Cardamom flavor.
Did you know Cardamom is the world’s third most expensive spice? Only saffron and vanilla are more expensive by weight. Cardamom has a strong flavor which can turn some people off. It’s found in Indian and Nordic recipes. In the Middle East, green Cardamom, the most expensive variety, is used in sweet dishes or to flavor coffee.
The process for making this yeasted dough is a little different, and a bit more time-consuming. It’s definitely a bread for feasts, rather than an everyday bread which is why I usually make it just for Christmas. If you have leftover Swedish Braid, it makes great French toast thanks to the egg in the bread.
- 2¾ cup bread flour
- 1 package yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- ¾ cup whole milk
- ⅓ cup organic sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- In a mixing bowl for a stand mixer, combine yeast, ¾ cup fo flour, and cardamom.
- In a small sauce pan (or the microwave) heat the milk, butter, and sugar until warm. Stir together.
- Add the milk mixture to the dry mixture, and mix on low for 30 seconds. Add egg. Beat for 3 min at medium speed.
- Slowly add the remaining flour to make a soft dough (use only what you need of the remaining flour). Mix between additions to make sure you don't put in too much flour.
- Using a dough hook, mix until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl.
- Cover the mixing bowl with a towel and put in a warm place to rise until doubled. This takes almost an hour.
- Punch down dough. Place the dough onto a floured surface, and cut into 3 sections with a pastry cutter. Let rest for 10 min.
- Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the sections into 3 ropes (16" long) and braid loosely on the parchment paper-covered cookie sheet. You can start in the middle and work out to each end, or start one end and braid to the other end. When you're finished, tuck the ends under the braid.
- Cover the braid with a towel and let rise again until double in size.
- Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.
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More Christmas ideas
I’ve joined forces with some other wonderful bloggers to bring you more great Christmas ideas:
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- Dear Crazy Christmas Shoppers – While you’re frantically rushing from store to store trying to complete your Christmas shopping, spare a thought for the people working in those stores. Jennifer shares what it’s like being on the other side of the counter.
- How to Prepare for Christmas Dinner – If you’re hosting Christmas Dinner this year you will not want to miss Candi’s schedule for making sure everything runs smoothly.