There are few things better than making bread. The warmth of the kitchen, the feel of dough in your hands, the subtle alchemy of turning yeast and flour and bits into something delicious.
This bread is lightly sweet and cardamom infused. It isn't hard to make. It takes a little patience, but it's totally worth it. Recipe after the jump...
Finnish Coffee Bread
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
Heat 1 cup of whole milk until bubbles form, but it doesn't quite boil. Remove from heat. Add 6tbsp of butter, and let it melt and cool.
In a large bowl, combine a packet of yeast, a 1/4 cup of lukewarm water, and a pinch of sugar. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, beat 2 eggs with 4tbsps of sugar, a tbsp of cardamom, and a tsp of salt. Add mixture to milk and butter, then pour everything into the yeast.
Add 2 cups of flour and mix well, then add 2 more cups of flour, and a little more if necessary. Knead until not entirely sticky. Let dough rise in a lightly oiled bowl for an hour. Punch down, knead until slightly elastic. Divide into 3 balls.
This is one of those things.