Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Braid with Love

When we put a bread machine on the registry, it was one of those items that I couldn't help but think to myself, "would be nice to have, but would we use it?"
Well, challenge accepted! Since the wedding, we've used the bread machine three times in the traditional sense, and once more over the holidays to help knead the dough for Cardamom Bread before we braided it and put it in the oven. Now, when I say "we" I mean Bob - he's been quite the bread connoisseur.

We had a taste of sweet Cardamom Bread at our Christmas Eve celebration and wanted to recreate for Christmas Day back at home. Bob started with a simple recipe of sugar, flour, yeast, etc and added 3 tablespoons of cardamom to the dough before sticking it in the machine for an hour forty five.
When the dough was ready, Bob rolled them out into three parts and we braided it onto a greased cookie sheet.
 
Letting it double in size under dish towels for 30 minutes, and a quick brushing with an egg wash and a sprinkling of sugar (use sugar in the raw if available), we threw it in the oven at 350 for about 40 minutes.
We can't find the exact recipe used that day, but here's a link to a similar Cardamom Bread that sounds just wonderful.
In just a couple hours, a tasty treat we devoured that evening. Yum.

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