Collect the ingredients
Scald milk to 185° F
Add butter to scalded milk. Cool to lukewarm.
If cardamom is in whole seed form, grind seeds in a spice grinder.
Stir yeast into milk and butter.
Add 2 ½ cups flour and beat until batter is smooth.
Let stand 30 minutes or until bubble action starts.
Beat in eggs, sugar, salt, and cardamom.
Blend in approximately 4 cups flour.
Knead thoroughly. Let rise until double.
Cut dough in half. Cut each half into thirds.
Roll each piece until approximately 12” long and braid. Tuck ends under bread and place on greased cookie sheet. Repeat for the other three pieces so you have 2 braided loaves.
Let loaves rise until triple in size. Approximately 1 hour.
Bake bread at 350° for 45 minutes.
• Warm with butter and jam.
• Glaze with powder sugar frosting while warm.
• Use dough as for cinnamon rolls.
• Use bread for french toast.
• Use bread for bread pudding.