Cardamom holiday bread

Yield: 36 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 packs Active dry yeast -- 1/4 oz
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¾ cup Warm water
1 can Evaporated milk -- 12 oz
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
½ cup Butter or margarine --
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4 eaches Eggs -- beaten
1½ teaspoon Ground cardamom
8 cups All-purpose flour

In a mixing bowl dissolved yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, salt, butter, eggs, cardamom and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1½ hr. Punch dough down; let rest 10 minutes. Divide into nine portions; shape each into a 12 in. strip. Place three strips on a greased baking sheet and braid, sealing ends. Repeat with remaining strips. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 45 min. Bake at 375 deg. for 20 to25 min. or until golden. Cool. Glaze and decorate with chee=rries and almonds. Yield: 3 loaves.

Recipe By : Taste Of Home

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