Cardamom Yeast Bread for the bread machine is a sweet and rich yeast bread, spiced with cardamom. Instructions included for mixing and kneading in a bread machine, then shaping and baking in a conventional oven.
(Yes, you can make this bread by hand or with a stand mixer if you don’t have a bread machine.)
What is cardamom powder?
It is a wonderful spice originating from a green cardamom pod. The powder has a sweet, pungent flavor and aroma that’s difficult to describe. It looks like a pale-colored cinnamon powder but the taste is different and a bit exotic.
There are other types of cardamom but the powder is what you most commonly see in the spice aisle at your local supermarket.
Where can I buy cardamom powder?
If you’re like me, you don’t want to pay 4-5$ plus for a spice to use in only one recipe–especially an experiment. My suggestion is to buy a small amount where spices are sold in bulk.
This is a great idea if you live in a metroplex area where stores like Central Market or Whole Foods are located.
If you live in a less populated area you may not have that luxury. In which case, you’ll have to trust me that cardamom is worth the money. (Check Amazon if you can’t find it at the grocery store.)
You’ll find other uses for cardamom if you are a baker. Check out my recipe for Banana Whole Wheat Bread that also calls for cardamom. It is one of my all-time favorites.
Can I substitute for the cardamom?
You might be tempted to substitute cinnamon. And you could. And it will probably be delicious.
But I promise, if you try the cardamom, people will rave. They will ask you about that mysterious flavor. More than likely, they will come back for another slice. It is THAT good!
How to shape the dough into a twist:
- Roll each ball into a long cylinder shape approximately 14 inches long.
- Braid these shapes, pinching ends under, securely. See the images above. Don’t think about it too hard–it’s just like braiding hair.
- If this method doesn’t work for you, divide the dough into two balls. Smooth them and place side by side in 9 x 5 bread pan.
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- 3/4 cup warm milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 egg
- 3 cups flour, all-purpose, unbleached
- 2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
- Add to bread machine in order given or according to instructions in bread machine manual. Select dough cycle.
- When cycle is completed, dough should be smooth, elastic and risen to double original size. Remove from pan to lightly floured surface. Divide into 3 balls and let relax for about 10 minutes.
- Roll each ball into a long cylinder shape approximately 14 inches long. Braid these shapes, pinching ends under, securely. See images below. Don't think about it too hard--it's just like braiding hair. If this method doesn't work for you, divide dough into two balls. Smooth them and place side by side in 9 x 5 bread pan.
- Set aside to raise again until almost double. Brush milk over bread and very carefully sprinkle with light coating of sugar.
- Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cover with foil last 10 minutes, if necessary, to prevent overbrowning. Remove from baking sheet to cool.
Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand:
- To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic--about 5-10 minutes. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
- If making by hand, combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead with your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, a process that will likely take 10-20 minutes depending on your experience. Place the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
- Please note: If you substitute regular yeast for instant or bread machine yeast, you must dissolve it first before adding to the dry ingredients. Stir it into about 1/4 cup of the lukewarm liquid called for in the recipe. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Add to other wet ingredients and then add dry ingredients. Proceed as directed to knead and shape the dough.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g