About this recipe:Enjoy a loaf of this plaited Swedish bread for Christmas. It's decorated with sugar and looks festive. My great-grandmother's recipe was a bit hard to make, but thanks to the bread maker this version takes much less effort!
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
30g softened butter
375g plain flour
5 tablespoons sugar
1 (7g) sachet dried active baking yeast
3 teaspoons ground cardamom
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
4 tablespoons pearl sugar, or other decorative sugar
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:25min › Ready in:40min
Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
When the dough cycle has finished, divide into three equal portions. Roll each piece into a rope 30 to 35cm long. Lay the three ropes side by side, then plait together. Tuck the ends underneath, and place onto a greased baking tray, cover loosely with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in bulk.
Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
Brush the plait with beaten egg white and sprinkle with pearl sugar. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.