Finnish Christmas Bread

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READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
SERVES: 18
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Sprinkle yeast on the warm water, let stand for a few minutes; stir to blend.
  • Stir in milk, sugar, salt, cardmon, eggs, and 2 cups of the flour; beat until smooth.
  • Add 3 more cups of flour; beat until smooth.
  • Stir in melted butter.
  • Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough which can be handled.
  • Cover and let rest 15 minutes.
  • Turn out on a floured board;knead until smooth and elastic.
  • Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover with a damp towel.
  • Let rise in a warm place until double in bulk - about 1 hour.
  • Punch down.
  • Cover and let rise again until almost doubled - about 1/2 hour.
  • Turn out onto floured board and punch down again.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Divide into 3 equal parts to make 3 coffee cakes. Place coffee cakes on greased and floured cookie sheet to rise. IMPORTANT! after shaping breads, let rise about 20 minutes UNTIL PUFFY, NOT DOUBLED!
  • Bake at 375 degrees F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
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