I love baking bread, even though I am only just beginning to get the hang of it. I have tried making some different kinds with reasonable success (I think). I was looking for something new to try out when I came across an announcement on Sticky Date for baking a bread with a spice (Bread and Spices). This seemed a good idea and I searched the net for some ideas. I wanted to see if I could find something different.
I finally decided on was Cardamom Bread. Cardamom is a spice that is almost always found in Indian kitchens. We use it in a lot of sweets and desserts and some regular cooking too. But cardamom in bread seemed unusual.
Cardamom bread is a sweet yeast bread of Scandinavian origin which is good served at breakfast, with coffee, or as a light dessert, according to Wikibooks. The Swedish Cardamom Bread, Finnish Pulla or Nisu and the Pakistani Taftan are some examples. Today, cardamom bread is baked in various parts of the world and is part of Christmas baking in many of them.
More information on cardamom can be found here
I decided to work with Mike Swanson’s recipe but made some changes. I had run out of butter so I used oil instead. I also couldn’t resist substituting some of the flour with whole wheat flour. Here is the recipe I used.