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Mamye’s Swedish Bread

Matt’s mom, Laura, shows him how to make a holiday recipe passed down from their late family friend, Mamye: Swedish Bread. This sweet, cardamom-flavored bread is golden brown and crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, making it the perfect sweet treat for the holiday season.

Tasty Team
January 05, 2021
86% would make again
Total Time

3 hr 25 min

3 hr 25 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

35 minutes

35 min

Mamye’s Swedish Bread
Total Time

3 hr 25 min

3 hr 25 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

35 minutes

35 min

Ingredients

for 2 loaves

  • 1 cup whole milk (240 mL)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • ¾ cup sugar, divided, plus 1 teaspoon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup warm water (240 mL)
  • 1 package active dry yeast, 1/4 ounce (7 grams)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups all purpose flour (500 g), sifted
  • water, for brushing
  • coarse sugar, for decorating

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 1355
  • Fat 8g
  • Carbs 276g
  • Fiber 20g
  • Sugar 60g
  • Protein 38g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, salt, butter, ¾ cup sugar, and the cardamom. Warm over medium heat, stirring until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool slightly, about 5 to 7 minutes. Milk should be warm to the touch but not too hot.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup, dissolve the yeast and remaining teaspoon of sugar in the warm water. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Once the milk mixture has cooled, pour into a large bowl and add the yeast mixture and the egg. Stir until well combined.
  4. Add the flour, 1 cup (125 grams) at a time, stirring or kneading with your hands between each addition, until no longer sticky. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 15 minutes, or until it springs back when pressed. Transfer to a large bowl greased with butter, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and divide in half. Cut each half into 3 equal portions. Stretch and roll each piece into a 14-inch rope. Place 3 pieces parallel to each other and pinch together the ends on one side, tucking underneath to conceal. Braid the strands together, pinch the ends together at the other end and tuck underneath. Place the loaf on the prepared baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  8. Uncover the loaves and lightly brush with water. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, brushing the excess from the baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 25–30 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the top is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Let cool before slicing.
  10. Enjoy!
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Mamye’s Swedish Bread