Cardamom Bread Recipe (aka Swedish Cardamom Bread) for a Bread Machine


  • ¾ cup 170 g milk cool
  • ¼ cup 50 g granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon table or sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 large 50 g egg
  • ¼ cup 57 g butter chopped
  • 3 cups 360 g all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast


  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Add 3/4 cup (170 g) milk, 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon (½ teaspoon) table or sea salt, 3/4 teaspoon (¾ teaspoon) cardamom, 1 large (50 g) egg, 1/4 cup (57 g) butter, 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose unbleached flour, and 2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast to the bread machine pan in the order given. Select the DOUGH cycle.
  • When the DOUGH cycle is completed, the dough should be smooth, elastic, and risen to double the original size. Remove the dough from the pan to a lightly floured surface.
  • Divide into 3 balls and let the dough relax for about 10 minutes.
  • Roll each ball into a long rope approximately 14 inches long. Braid these shapes, pinching ends under, securely. Place the braid on a prepared cookie sheet
  • Set aside to rise again until the braid is not quite double the original size.
  • Brush the 2 tablespoons milk over the braid and carefully sprinkle with a light coating of sugar or cardamom sugar (1 TBSP white sugar to 1/2 tsp cardamom or more)
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 375˚F (190˚C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Cover with foil after 10 minutes, if necessary, to prevent over-browning. Move from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.