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Swedish Easter Bread

Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:

1 cup milk

1/2 stick butter

1 package dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

3 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Methodof Preparation:

  1. Heat milk and butter until just melted. Set aside. Dissolve dry yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 5 minutes. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, egg and cardamom. Add the heated milk mixture and yeast and knead for 4 minutes. Place in large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 2 hours.
  2. Remove dough from bowl and divide in half for 2 loaves. Take each half and cut into 3 strips, leaving the top attached. Braid the three strips. Place braided loaves on cookie sheet and allow to rise 1 hour, covered with a kitchen towel.
  3. Brush with egg yolk. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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