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Pulla - Finnish Cardamom Coffee Bread



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Chris's grandmother always had pulla in the house. It's great for dunking in coffee or toasting. And it smells wonderful while it's baking!

1 level t ground cardamom
2 c milk
1 pkg active dry yeast
2 eggs
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c softened butter
2 t salt
6 1/2 to 7 c all-purpose flour
For glaze:
1 egg, beaten

Heat milk to lukewarm, add yeast and stir until dissolved.

In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until foamy.
Add milk, cardamom, 2 c flour, and beat until smooth and elastic.
Stir in softened butter, salt, and enough flour to make dough stiff enough to knead.
Let dough rest about 10 minutes.
Knead on floured surface until smooth and satiny, about five to ten minutes.
Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top, cover, and let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about one hour.

On floured surface, divide dough into three parts.

For each third;
divide into three parts,
form each part into a strip 16 inches long,
braid three strips together, sealing ends,
place loaf on greased cookie sheet.

Loosely cover loaves, and let rise until less than doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Brush loaves with egg.
Bake at 375 degrees F until light golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Let it cool for a while and enjoy!

Let me know how it turns out! Mail Chris