Grandma’s Finnish Biscuit
Recipe Type: Baking
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Serves: 1 loaf
Finnish food gets a bad rap but there is plenty to love from the Scandinavian country, including this sweet, cardamom-scented breakfast loaf.
  • Dry yeast, 2 pkgs
  • 2 cups + 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ lb butter
  • 1 quart milk
  • 4 eggs (including 1 egg for the egg wash on top of the loaf)
  • 2-3 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1½ tbl salt
  • 10-13 cups of all purpose flour
  1. Combine the 2 packages of yeast, with ½ cup warm water, 1 tsp sugar and let it stand until double in volume.
  2. Melt ½ pound of butter in 1 quart of milk (do not boil), let cool.
  3. Combine 3 beaten eggs, 2-3 tsp ground cardamom, 1½ tbl salt, 2 cups sugar and the yeast mixture in a large bowl.
  4. Add the flour until the mixture thickens, kneading as you go, until it is no longer is sticky.
  5. Cover with a cloth, and let rise in a warm spot until double in size (about 1 hour).
  6. Divide the dough into 4 or 5 parts. Divide each part into thirds, roll and braid.
  7. Place in greased bread pans. Let rise again for approximately one hour.
  8. Coat top with whipped whole egg. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. (375 degrees and 60 minutes at 8000 feet)
  9. Best enjoyed toasted and buttered!
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