Swedish Cardamon Coffee Bread


2 tablespoons dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water
2-1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
8 to 9 cups flour
1 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon powdered cardamom, or more to taste (or crush 12 pods)
3 eggs, beaten slightly
Sugar and cinnamon


Dissolve yeast in warm water. Heat milk to warm. Add yeast, sugar, and salt to warm milk. Then gradually stir in 4 cups of flour and stir the batter with a spoon using 100 strokes or more, stirring in 1 direction only. Add the cooled melted butter, the cardamom, and the eggs. Stir well. Gradually add the remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until 4 more cups have been worked into the dough. If needed, add up to a cup more flour. Knead dough until smooth. Cover with a cloth and let rise to double. Punch down and let rest on floured board about 10 minutes. Divide into 4 pieces. Cut each piece into 3 strips and make a braid. Place each braid in a greased baking pan and let rise until double. Brush tops with slightly beaten egg, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 375 degrees F about 20 minutes. Tap lightly with fingers to see if they are done (they will sound hollow).


Makes 4 loaves.


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is there a gluten free recipe

is there a gluten free recipe that will come close to this.

We are sorry to report that

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We are sorry to report that we do not have a gluten free version of this recipe.

Can I use bread flour for

Can I use bread flour for this recipe? Thanks!

Hi, Jessica! You can, but

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Hi, Jessica! You can, but keep this in mind: Different flours have different protein content and that affects the rise and overall structure of the baked good. All-purpose flour has a protein percentage of just under 12%; bread flour has about a percent more. As a result, breads made with it tend to rise more.

But that’s not all: all-purpose flour produces softer, tender results; goods baked with bread flour tend to be firmer, chewier, and more substantial.

It’s your choice! Let us know how it works out!