This is a Swedish cardamom bread adorned with candied cherries, citron and golden raisins.
INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings):
- 2 cups scalded milk
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 cup candied cherries, sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped candied citron
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 egg white, beaten
Dissolve yeast in water.
Scald milk, and add melted butter or margarine, salt, sugar. When lukewarm add to yeast and water. Stir in 4 cups flour. Cover, and place in a warm place. Let rise for about 2 hours, or till doubled in bulk.
Punch down. Stir in cardamom, cherries, raisins and citron. Work in remaining flour until soft dough forms. Let rise in warm place for 2 to 3 hours, or until doubled.
Knead slightly, and form into 4 round loaves. Place on greased cookie sheets. Let rise for 1 to 2 hours, or till doubled. Brush loaves with beaten egg white.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.