A slightly sweet dense cardamom flavored bread.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 16 slices


  • 2 cups scalded and cooled milk
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 whole eggs beaten
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7-7 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash on loaf


  1. Scald milk. Let cool to room temperature. Set aside. 

    2.  In mixing bowl add yeast and 1 tsp of the sugar. Pour in warm water and stir. Cover and let site for 5 min. 

    3. In the mixing bowl stir in milk, sugar, eggs, cardamom and salt. Stir until blended. Gradually stir in 5 cups of the flour. 1 cup at a time. Mix until well blended. Slowly pour in the melted butter until dough is shiny. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time. 

    4.Place dough into a greased bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled. Approx 45 min. Divide the dough into thirds. Working with a one third at a time. Cut in half or thirds and braid. Move braided loaf onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Let rise 20 min. Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with choice of sugar. 

    5.Bake for 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

    6.Cool on rack.