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Cardamom Coffeebread (Pulla)
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water; add 1 teaspoon sugar, stir, and let stand for 5 minutes until yeast foams. Empty into a pan and warm just to between 105 degrees Fahrenheit and 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Add milk, sugar according to sweetness desired, salt, cardamom, eggs, and half the flour.
Beat with an electric mixer or spoon until dough is smooth and shiny. Beat in the melted butter. Add remaining 1 cup at a time until dough is stiff but not dry. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead until satiny and smooth, about 10 minutes. Wash bowl, grease it, and add dough to bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Turn risen dough out onto breadboard and divide into 3 portions.
Divide each portion into 3 parts. Roll out to make strands about 24 inches long. Make 3 braids, using 3 strands each.
Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until dough is doubled, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix egg and milk to make glaze and brush braids with mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
The Great Scandinavian Baking Book - University of Minnesota Press
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