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Swedish Christmas Braid

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This Swedish Christmas Braid is one of the best of the kind I've ever known. Try this glazed bread with raisin and cardamom filling for your next meal. Your suggestions for this Swedish Christmas Braid are welcome.
Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Warm water 2 Tablespoon (105-115F)
  Milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 3 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Powdered saffron 1 Pinch
  Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Cardamom 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Golden raisins 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Chopped candied lemon peel/Citron 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Unsalted butter To Taste, melted
Directions

1 Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Heat milk, butter, sugar, salt, and saffron to warm (105°€”115°F).
2 Combine 1 cup flour, yeast mixture, milk mixture, and egg in mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
3 Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
4 Put in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
5 While dough is rising, make filling. Combine sugar, cardamom, raisins, and lemon peel or citron in small bowl.
6 Punch down dough. Roll dough into a 6-inch square. Brush a strip 2 inches wide down the center with melted butter. Put filling down center.
7 With scissors, cut strips toward center 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Alternating sides, fold strips over filling.
8 Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise until double€”about 30 minutes. Make glaze and brush on loaf. Bake in a preheated 400°F oven about 30€”40 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Occasion: 
Christmas
Interest: 
Party

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