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Bread Machine Cardamom Bread

Cardamom Bread
A slightly sweet braided loaf with a light cardamom flavor throughout the bread. Make the dough in a bread machine, then shape, rise and bake! Serve for breakfast with butter or jam.
Yield 1 braided loaf
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Ingredients

Small Loaf (1-pound bread machine)

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast

Medium Loaf (1 1/2-pound bread machine)

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast

Large Loaf (2-pound bread machine)

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast

Topping

  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Have liquid ingredients at 80ºF and all others at room temperature. Place ingredients in pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough cycle. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, 1/2 to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. When cycle is complete, continue with next step.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 16-inch rope; line up ropes one inch apart on a greased cookie sheet. Braid loosely; pinch ends together and tuck under. Cover; let rise until indentation remains when lightly touched with finger.
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF ,
  • Brush risen dough with 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Notes

Photo by Matt Weber.

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