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Cardamom Twist

This golden bread has a soft, tender texture and the perfect amount of cardamom flavor in every bite. Slices are especially good with a cream cheese spread or fresh honey butter. —Carla Miller, Pasco, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (18 slices)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup medium carrot, sliced
  • 4 teaspoons cardamom pods
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-3/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-3/4 to 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sugar

Directions

  • Place 1 in. of water in a small saucepan; add carrot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 6-8 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid; cool slightly. Transfer carrot and reserved cooking liquid to a small food processor; process until smooth.
  • Remove seeds from cardamom pods; discard pods. Coarsely crush seeds with a mortar and pestle.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine crushed cardamom, sugar, oil, salt, pureed carrot, yeast mixture and 2-1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Roll each into a 25-in. rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid. Pinch ends together, forming a round loaf.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg white and water until blended; brush over loaf. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake 25-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 195 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • musicmommy
    Nov 4, 2020

    This worked perfectly for me - tastes absolutely WONDERFUL! My husband loves it, too. Next time, I think I would make it into 2 loaves because it is a big loaf.

  • Jan
    Sep 21, 2020

    Divided into four portions, twisted two portions together lengthwise and placed in parchment lined loaf pans. Turned loaves around halfway through baking. Took temperature of the bread to ensure it was at least 190F.