This stuff is amazing! Love!
We just returned from a family vacation to New Orleans. The land of great food, really wonderful music everywhere, and a plentitude of adult beverages. And people watching. We enjoyed poboys, gumbo, oysters, shrimp, catfish and, of course, beignets. As good as our food was, whenever I get home from a vacation I actually kind of enjoy eating my own cooking again. Funny how that works.
I had some organic milk in the refrigerator that was going to go south in just a day or so and I wanted to put it to good use. I decided to make us some bread with my remaining milk and came across this recipe that I had clipped from a Saveur magazine early last year but had not tried. Until today. The recipe says the bread is Swedish. But since I’m Finnish, today it is Finnish Cinnamon Cardamom Bread. Whatever your ethnicity I think you will enjoy! The kitchen smelled wonderful while this was baking.
Ingredients for the Dough:
7 T unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups whole milk heated to 115
2 tsp active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups AP flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds, lightly crushed
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Ingredients for Filling:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
7 T unsalted butter softened
1 T ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds, finely crushed
To make the dough heat the milk to 115 degrees. Use a thermometer unless you’re a lot better than I am at estimating temperatures and you don’t want to kill your yeast. Melt the butter and add the butter and yeast to the warm milk. Stir and let it sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cardamom and salt. Stir in the yeast mixture until dough forms.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes. Or knead in your stand mixer. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover with a clean dish towel, and let sit in a warm place until the dough doubles in size. About an hour.
Prepare the filling stirring together the softened butter, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom seeds.
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into approximately a 11×17 rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
Spread the filling over the dough.
Working from one of the long sides, roll dough into a tight cylinder and transfer the dough to a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with a dish towel and allow it to sit in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size. About 45-60 minutes.
Heat the oven to 375. Using kitchen shears and starting 1 inch from the ends of the dough, make crosswise cuts spaced 1 inch apart, three quarters of the way through the dough. Now this is where it got tricky for me and my bread looks a little crude. The recipe says to fan dough slices away from the center, alternating left to right. Huh? The center? Maybe I was supposed to make this into a circle? I don’t know for sure because I didn’t have a picture. But it doesn’t really matter. The fanning does not affect the taste at all.
Whisk an egg and brush the dough with the egg wash.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Allow the bread to cool before serving.
I made up a little icing with powdered sugar, heavy cream and lemon zest. Because we like icing.
Cut yourself a slice and enjoy. Great with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
NOTE: The recipe suggests that you use the egg wash and sprinkle with pearl sugar before baking. Since I was going to ice the bread I did not you the pearl sugar but you may prefer that. If any of you bake a more attractive loaf please comment with a picture.