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mama never bought bread. she baked bread 3 times a week until she paissed away at the age of 96. this was her famous coffee bread recipe.she handed it down to me. i treasure it as i treasured her. i buy the already shelled cardamom seeds (not ground) and whisk them through a coffee bean grinder to crush them up. great sliced, toasted and buttered.
- dissolve yeast in warm -not too hot- water with a small amount of sugar to feed the yeast. in a large pot,heat milk and butter until boiling. remove from heat and cool until lukewarm. beat eggs and sugar together. add salt, cardamom, flour and yeast mixture. kmead well on a floured surface. cover and let rise til double. separate dough into halves and then separate each half into 3 loaves.(6 loaves total) separate each loaf into 3 sections. roll each section between your hands into long tubular shapes. braid the 3 sections together and tuck ends. put loaves on a greased cookie sheet. let rise double again. bake at 325 for 15 minutes. remove from oven. brush top of loaves with a beaten egg mixed with a little sugar. sprinkle sugar over egg glaze. return to oven for 15 minutes more.