Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cardamom dessert bread

My favorite food group in Norway was desserts and pastries. Cardamom is a common flavor in nordic pastries, which are generally more flavorful and less sweet than their US counterparts. This one is an elegant and delicious sweet snack.

3.5 tbsp butter
0.5 cup milk
0.25 cup water
1 tsp yeast
2.25 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom
0.5 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
3.5 tbsp butter
1 tsp cardamom
0.5 tbsp cinnamon

Bloom the yeast with the warm water and a small pinch of the sugar. Add the remaining sugar, the melted 3.5 tbsp butter and the warm milk. Add in the flour and salt and knead for 5 minutes, until smooth. Cover and set aside to rise for an hour.

Melt the other 3.5 tbsp of butter, add 3 tbsp of sugar, 1 tsp cardamom and 0.5 tbsp of cinnamon. Mix well.

Roll out the dough to an 11 by 17 inch rectangle. Spread with the cinnamon filling. Roll up and allow to rise for 30-40 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F.

Cut the roll of dough every one inch and fold out as shown in the picture.

Brush with milk and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool on a cookie rack.

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