Finnish Cardamom Loaf
Finnish Cardamom Loaf is another fantastic breadmaker bread recipe! A couple of weeks ago on one of those cold winter days when it was cloudy and ice storms were kicking through North Texas, I had a real hankering for a pot of soup and some homemade bread. I looked through my kitchen and came up with Creamy Sweet Potato and Pear Bisque which was absolutely lovely, and this bread. The recipe was easy. I had all the ingredients on hand including cardamom, so I decided to give it a try. Mmmmmmm. Perfection. The bread turned out very nicely in texture. It’s a thick, sturdy bread that’s a tad bit savory and just really tasty.
I found the recipe in my go-to breadmaker cookbook: The Complete Guide to Bread Machine Baking, published by Better Homes and Gardens in the late 1990s. If you love to bake homemade breads in the breadmaker and ever have a chance to pick up the cookbook at a garage sale or at Amazon, then I highly recommend getting it. The recipes are all easy and fantastic. I’ve not had one flop.
This particular homemade bread is excellent as sandwich bread for grilled sandwiches or French toast, but certainly it is also good as an accompaniment for soups, salads, or main dish meals. I liked it with jelly spread on it too! If you’re looking for an easy recipe for the breadmaker and you have cardamom in your spice rack, why don’t you give this delicious bread a try. The recipe below is for a two-pound bread loaf.
Finnish Cardamom Loaf is great served as a dipping bread along with any Italian style dish.
This close up shows the texture of this loaf. It’s very hearty and satisfying.
Yes, I had to dip some of the bread into the dipping oil to see how it tasted. Yum.
Here’s what I did.
These are the ingredients I used for the recipe. Layer canned evaporated milk, water, egg, butter, bread flour, honey, salt, cardamom and bread yeast in breadmaker. I set aside sugar because that’s what the recipe called for. But then I changed my mind and used honey instead. Make sure you use BREAD flour because regular flour doesn’t have enough wheat glutens to make the dough rise.
I used honey in place of sugar.
Here are all the ingredients in the bread canister. Bake on regular bread cycle. Mine takes 3 hours 50 minutes.
Allow bread to cool in canister about 15 minutes before removing from breadmaker. Butter the tops and sides of the bread to prevent crusts from hardening. Wait 15 minutes more before cutting the bread down into slices.
Here I’ve sliced down half of the loaf with my electric bread knife. It cuts really nice, clean pieces. Using a serrated knife will just hack the bread up in most cases.
Here’s a picture of Finnish Cardamom Loaf just out of the oven. I served it with dipping oil and spices. You can see the cardamom container in the background. This stuff is usually pretty expensive. I recommend buying it when stores like Kroger close it out sometimes. It does add a nice flavor to foods.
Here’s another close up so you can see the texture of the bread.
Here’s the recipe.
FINNISH CARDAMOM LOAF
- 1 cup Nestle’s evaporated milk
- ¼ cup water
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp. butter, cut in small slivers and pieces
- 4 cups King Arthur bread flour (don’t use all purpose flour)
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1 ¼ tsp. bread machine yeast
- Layer ingredients in breadmaker canister in order listed.
- Bake on regular bread machine cycle.
- Mine takes 3 hours 50 minutes.
- Allow bread to cool 15 minutes before removing from canister.
- Butter top and sides of bread to prevent crusts from hardening.
- Allow bread to cool an additional 15 minutes before cutting.
- About 20 half slices.
I served Finnish Cardamom Loaf with Creamy Sweet Potato and Pear Bisque. Both were wonderful. It was so delicious in the dipping oils. This is also a great bread to use for grilling cheese sandwiches.
I also used this bread for making French Toast!