Cardamom bread is a type of sweet bread that is traditionally made during the Indian festival of Christmas. It is also traditionally used in the Swedish and Finnish kitchen. It is a chewier, denser loaf and can be flavored with cardamom, almond, raisins, cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg. The benefits for using cardamom in your baking are plentiful: its flavor is often used to heighten and add complexity to baked goods like a cardamom cake. Use this article as inspiration for your own creation!
Cardamom Bread: What Is It Made Of?
Cardamom bread is a type of bread that you make with flour, sugar, eggs, and cardamom. There are many variations of this bread, but the most common recipe calls for combining 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Then, eggs are beaten until they are thick and frothy, and cardamom is added to the mixture. Finally, you combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and knead until you have the desired mixture. Once the dough has been formed, it is allowed to rest for about 30 minutes before being rolled out and baked.
Finnish and Swedish Cardamom Bread
Cardamom is a flavor that is often used in baking, especially in Scandinavian and European recipes. It has a warm, sweet taste that you can enjoy on its own or mixed with other flavors to create new and interesting combinations.
Cardamom has been a staple in Finnish cooking for centuries. You can find it in various traditional dishes, including cardamom tea, cardamom coffee and fried fish prepared with the spice. In Sweden, the spice plays an important role in the very popular Scandinavian cookies called Lussekatter (the Swedish word translates to “mice-kittens”). You can typically make the cookies with butter and cinnamon and enjoy them year-round.
Cardamom is best used whole or ground. It is most often sold as whole pods which are roughly one inch long and half an inch wide. Whole pods should be lightly crushed or ground before use. You should store cardamom away from heat and light to prevent its flavor from reducing. For the best results when roasting cardamom seeds, place them in a metal strainer and gently heat over low to medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly. The seeds will begin to pop and release their flavor as they roast. They should be a deep golden brown colour, but not burnt.
Cardamom bread recipe
This recipe is a must-try for all bread lovers! It’s sweet, fluffy and deliciously fragrant- just like a delicious slice of homemade bread should be.
-1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
-1 cup sugar
-3 eggs, beaten
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-2 cups all-purpose flour-1 cup milk
OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup raisins or currants
How to prepare:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8×4 inch loaf pan. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of your electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in baking powder, baking soda and cardamom. Add salt and flour and mix well until smooth. Stir in milk if desired. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with raisins or currants if desired.
3. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.4. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Recipe Notes 1/2 cup = 3 Tbsp
*I’ve used chocolate chips instead of raisins/currants and it looks beautiful!
One of the most popular breads in the Mediterranean region is cardamom bread. You can make this type of bread with a variety of ingredients, but the most important one is cardamom. Cardamom has a warm and sweet flavor that pairs well with honey, nuts, and other spices. Whether you are looking for a quick snack or an afternoon treat, our cardamom bread recipes will be sure to please.