A dear friend and foodie recently had a short hospital stay that involved some pain. As all good friends do, while I was thinking of H lying in agony, I thought “What would make H really happy?” Why a collection of his favorite ingredients… Cardamom, butter, flour, eggs…
So I decided to make what my family refers to as Swedish Coffee Bread. H, a Norwegian, has a different name for the same concoction, which they eat with jam and goat cheese. Our family tradition is to eat this stuff with coffee, and to dunk it.
I am sworn to secrecy on the family recipe, but there are some similar ones I found out there on the web, which have other variations or additions.
From the Sons of Norway- Kardemommeboller
From the Paupered Chef- Cardamom Cinnamon Rolls
From epicurean.com, Meryl’s Swedish Cardamom Bread
From Cooks.com, Finnish Cardamom Bread
Obviously we’ve got a good base here, from some Scandinavian common roots. I’d bet there’s been something like this tagged on YeastSpotting already. The main addition my family makes, I think, is the rolling/twisting technique that makes it possible to break off pieces without a knife, when the bread is removed from the pan. We roll and twist little ropes of dough and line them up in the pan. They grow together as it rises, but you can pull them apart easily, or break the bread into halves or quarters easily when it comes time to plate or store them.
I’m pleased to say that H is recovering, and really enjoyed the bread, or at least he faked it well when I was there in person. *smirk* I’ll have to get him to tell me the name his family calls this kind of bread in Norwegian.