The long awaited (and most likely forgotten) picture of Sackboy, made by the wonderfully generous & skilled Empyress.
My cardamom braid is finished baking and now cooling on the rack. It looks, to be honest, perfect.
The recipe I got came, as always, from Allrecipes. I had originally considered making Espresso’s recommended recipe for Semla, but my grocery store didn’t have marzipan, much to my disappointment. So cardamom bread, it is.
I still have mom’s bread machine, so making this recipe was ridiculously simple. I’m rather amazed that I haven’t considered making bread like this more often — I’m ashamed to say that it still makes me feel like a cop-out doing things in this way. I should just get over it, given SALLY doesn’t really afford me that much energy expenditure to begin with.
Changes I made:
-Add 1 teaspoon of almond extract
-Change the butter to canola oil
-Used only 1 1/2 tsp of cardamom instead of 3 on the off chance that the flavour might be too strong for us
-Used sugar in the raw as the decorative sugar
Seeing as the bread is currently cooling, I’m not really smelling the almond extract, perhaps next time I might increase it to 1 tablespoon?
Swedish Cardamom Braid
1 cup milk
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 egg white, slightly beaten
pearl sugar, or other decorative sugar
* Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
* When the dough cycle has finished, divide into three equal portions.
* Roll each piece into a rope 12 to 14 inches long. Lay the three ropes side by side, then braid together.
* Tuck the ends underneath, and place onto a greased baking sheet, cover loosely with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in bulk.
* Preheat oven to 375F/190C
* Brush the braid with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
* Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
* Cool on wire rack.