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Desserts Swedish Coffee Braid
From the Kitchen of auntida

Category:
Other Desserts

Servings: Two loaves
Preparation Time: Six to eight hours

Recipe Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk, scalded1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 package yeast
6 cups sifted flour (approximately)
3/4 cup margarine, melted
3 eggs, beaten
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon (to taste) crushed cardamom seeds
1 tablespoon water



Recipe Directions

In a large mixing bowl place scalded milk, salt and 2 tablespoons sugar; when lukewarm, add yeast and 3 cups flour, beat thoroughly. After one to two hours when sponge is light, add remaining sugar, margarine, eggs and cardamom seeds; add additional flour to form a stiff dough.
Place dough in greased bowl and brush with melted margarine; cover and let rise until doubled in bulk (two to four hours). Knead dough, divide into halves.

Divide one of the halves into three parts; roll each third into an oblong. Braid the three dough ropes, place in greased pan, cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.

Repeat the above procedure with the remaining dough.

Brush loaves with egg white and water, sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for ten minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 40 minutes.



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