Friday, November 16, 2012

Swedish Cardamom Bread

I visited Pippi Longstocking's house, where she fried eggs and cooked pepperkakor cookies, as small children scrambled in and out of its jungle gym rooms. A short while later, I continued my househunting after timetravelling to see ancient Scandinavian wooden or straw house structures
inside Skansen park, ( or an ancient shipwreck at the Vasa Museet, which I followed with a trip on a boat in front of the Royal Palace, where Nobel Prizes have been presented year after year. After a piece of light green Princess Cake, I walked down the cobblestone streets of the magnificent Gamla Stan, a medieval center, where crowds would celebrate the midsummer night that very same evening. 
This milky bread is traditionally served during Christmastime. 

1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup water (110 to 115 degrees C)
1 1/4 cup milk, warm
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/3 cup sugar
3 yolks
2 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
1/8 teaspoon salt
5-5 1/2 cups flour

Knead dough 8 minutes. Let it rise for one hour; divide it in half then in three parts. Roll each part into a 16-inch rope. Then braid three ropes together. Cover. Rise until doubled 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cut each loaf into 12 slices. 175 cal, 1 g fiber.
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cover the bread with the nut filling.


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