I’m pretty sure that the first time I had this Swedish coffee bread as a child was the first time I experienced cardamom. I’ve loved them both ever since! This is a recipe my step-mother used to make when I was a child. It’s not too sweet, which is just one more reason I like it so much!
When I was planning to make the coffee bread I figured I’d better go buy some fresh yeast. I had some that had been in the fridge for a bit and I had remembered the last time I used it the results weren’t great. So, I bought some super yeast… and boy was it ever!!
I let the dough rise the first time in the bowl, and then the second time was after I had already braided it. It rose beautifully each time. However, when I put it in the oven and it had begun cooking, it also continued to rise and grow in the oven! I ended up with a gigantic Swedish coffee bread. We couldn’t stop laughing it was so huge!!
It turned out wonderful. I love it toasted with a little bit of butter and a cup of tea or coffee. It does freeze really well, so half of it is in the freezer waiting for that lazy Sunday morning when I bring it out and warm it up.
Makes 1 large loaf – serves lots of people