Erin MacPherson's Mummu's Cardamom Bread


Erin MacPherson is an amateur cook by day and a writer by night. A former food editor for Nickelodeon, Erin loves to cook and try out new recipes on her family. She lives in the country—on the outskirts of Austin—with her three kids, her husband and her trusty Golden Retriever Jack who is always happy to sample her cooking scraps. She is the author of the Christian Mama's Guide series and she blogs about parenting and food at

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Erin MacPherson's Mummu's Cardamom Bread

My grandmother ("Mummu" in Finnish) immigrated to the United States in 1950 using a borrowed visa. As my grandma adjusted to life in a new culture, she clung to comforts from home. One of those was her mom's cardamom bread, which she made nearly every day to go with her husband's morning coffee. My grandma is still alive and a few weeks ago, she came to visit me. My kids and I rolled out the red-carpet—or hand-me-down, hand-stitched linens if you will. We woke up early and made Mummu's famous bread and then set the table with our best mismatched china, fresh coffee and butter. My grandma loved it. And I loved sharing a glimmer of my childhood—of my grandma's childhood—with my kids.

¾ cup milk
¼ cup water
1 pkg. yeast
4 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamom (Warning: Ground cardamom is expensive.  I buy whole pods in the spice section and grind them myself with a mortar and pestle.)
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
3 eggs, beaten, separated

Put water and milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Warm, stirring frequently, just until the liquid starts to steam. Remove from heat, let set 1 minute. Add yeast, set aside and let sit for 10 minutes until activated.
In a large bowl, mix flour, cardamom, salt, and sugar. Add yeast-mixture to flour mixture, along with melted butter and 2 beaten eggs. Stir just until mixed.

Pour dough onto bread board or Silpat mat (or if you want, put it in your Kitchenaid with a dough hook) and start to knead. The dough will start off soft and sticky. Knead until it's smooth and elastic. Let rise in a warm place for 1 ½ hours or overnight. Punch dough down.  Break into 3 equal parts. Roll each part into a long snake. Braid the snakes into a small loaf.  Brush with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with 1 tbsp sugar. Let rise in a warm place for 30-60 minutes. Bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes until crust is golden-brown. Serve with coffee or tea.

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