Bread machine Swedish Christmas bread

    40 min

    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!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 250ml milk
    • 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

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
    2. 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.
    3. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    4. Brush the plait with beaten egg white and sprinkle with pearl sugar. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

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    Fabulous recipe very easy to make and ideal to take too parties  -  07 Aug 2016


    Thank you so much for a smaller (1 loaf instead of 3) and quick version of my great-great-aunt's "Vetebrod" (umlout omitted, as I don't know how to type it )! To keep the temperature consistant for the dough to rise, I've found that if you turn on the oven to 400 degrees for 1 minute, then turn it off and put the bread in immediately (covered with a clean, lint free cloth) and allow it to sit for 1 hour. It keeps the temp more consistant in my draftly kitchen. I think the crust was a little tougher than normal this way (but still good) and I had to add a little flour during the knead cycle to keep it from sticking to the sides of the bread machine. If you can't find pearl sugar, regular granulated works well. A quick heads up for anyone who has not purchased Cardamom before - it's expensive and can be difficult to find. Only one local store here (it's a small town) carries it ground (Spice Islands) at $11.99 for a jar. Keep in mind that ground loses it's potency once opened, so keep the jar TIGHTLY closed for it's next use. Thanks again for the recipe!!  -  03 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    this bread is absolutely wonderful!! I added a bit of cinnamon with the cardamon & used brown sugar instead of pearl. it was AMAZING!!  -  13 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)