Braided Cardamom Rings Recipe



Braided Cardamom Rings Recipe

Ingredients :
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
8-3/4 to 9-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
LEMON ICING:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
Red and green candied cherries, halved, optional

How To Make Braided Cardamom Rings :
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the milk, butter, egg, sugar, cardamom and salt and 6 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down and divide in half. Divide each half into three portions. Shape each portion into a 24-in. long rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Form into a ring; pinch edges tightly together. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire racks.
For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency; spoon over rings, allowing icing to drizzle down the sides. Decorate with cherries if desired.
Note: Rings may be iced and served warm if desired.


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