Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

We here in Western Washington have been inundated with snow and it has been going on for quite a while. More is expected for the rest of the year. I was invited to spend Christmas with my daughter's household about two hours away from where I live. That was cancelled this morning when freezing temperatures were predicted, and unsafe conditions were a sure thing.

So I decided to make our usual standby, Cardamon Sweet Rolls. When the children were growing up and even after they had flown the coop and created our empty nest, I would have our freezer full of lengths of this delicious breakfast food around Christmas time. I used to send it to the child who could not come home for the Holidays. It seemed essential.

This morning, early, I decided this is how I would spend Christmas Eve. I have never made one recipe. I multiply the recipe found on a yellowing page out of an old cook book. It calls for one cup of milk. I used four cups, forgetting that I no longer own a freezer. It took virtually all day. At four p.m. I wandered around this place where I live, knocking on doors, giving my fellow inmates rolls for breakfast and wishing them Merry Christmas. It was a lovely day and the house still smells like our old Christmases.

1 cup milk
1/4-cup sugar (I usually add two or three Tbsp sugar)
1-tsp salt
1 tsp crushed cardamon
1 env or 1 Tbsp yeast
1 egg
1/4-cup softened butter (or more if you are wealthy)
31/2 cps all purpose flour

Pour milk in bowl cook in microwave for 1min. check that milk is luke warm before adding yeast. Stir in sugar and salt and cardamon add softened butter yeast and egg slightly beaten.
Add half of the flour, beat with wooden spoon until smooth. Add some of the other flour and work the dough on floured board. Add and work dough until smooth and firm. Keep dough covered with damp cloth in warm place until it is double in size. If you have not doubled the amount of the milk, cut dough in two and roll it out. Spread butter and sugar and cinnamon on dough roll it and cut it to look like a braid, put it on buttered cookie sheet cover with towel and let it grow once more. Paint it with egg liquid and sprinkle sugar on top and
bake in 350* for thirty min
I have a note in the corner of the page which states, if you use 8-cups of milk, you'll need a little more than alb of flour

Please let me know f anyone makes this. Cardamon should be bought in a health-food store and then crushed in a coffee grinder. Merry Christmas


Sarah Mattingly Photography, LLC said...

Merry Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful stories and recipes. I am sorry I didn't see this earlier. No bread for our Christmas as they were all out at the store. Yikes!

Plot Whisperer said...

I close my eyes and can smell our old Christmases, too.

Makes me smile thinking of all the joy you brought to your "fellow inmates" today and all of us now and forever.

I love you, Mom. Thanks for creating so many wonderful memories...

Miss Sub said...

mmm sounds delicious! I wish I was your neighbor!

I escaped Ballard a day earlier than I had planned because of today's predicted snow. I love my little neighborhood but man I felt isolated this past week!

TM Photography said...

I look forward to trying your recipe (although it might take a month or so until I can get to it)!

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you again for sharing moments of your life with us, it really is a wonderful read!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas from Cape Cod and Toronto! I intend to make this sometime this week and will let you know how it goes.


Stella said...

Merry Christmas and cheers to you, once again, for making the best out of the plans that went awry!

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you also,

Jo in MN (Not Stella)

Liz said...

My result is at the above - If that link works, that is my result. You might have to cut and paste into a browser...

Now, I had to made some adaptations...I didn't see the recipe until this morning and I didn't have cardamon. I substituted 3/4 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg.

Also, I am Gluten Free and Casein Free - new at it! - and it is a mild intolerance so I did use butter.

But for anyone else who is GF/CF - here is what I did:

I used Hemp milk for the milk
I used Pamela's Wheat-Free Bread mix which had exactly 3 1/2 cups of the flour mix
I used brown sugar in the dough, but for the filling and topping, I used raw sugar (turbinado).

I kneaded in a bit of Bob Mill's Gluten Free flour mix - not even 1/8 of a cup.

I was wonderfully surprised that it came out - GF/GC baking can be a bit of trial and error.

I know this is not the recipe, but I kept the proportions and it tastes wonderful! I will try it again for New Year's, but with cardamon...from the health food store!

Thank you for this wonderful Christmas treat!

Liz said...

Christmas Bread

I think this works.

Joanna said...

Merry Christmas, Svensto! 'Love your stories.

Barbara said...

Knowing how to make the best of things can turn a disappointing moment into an opportunity. At best, some of the people who received your cardamon rolls yesterday will turn into friends you'll enjoy spending time with right where you live. At the least, you'll have their good wishes. And, for sure, your children will be eager to see you when travel is safe again. So, no matter what, all will be well.

Melissa said...

Your recipe sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it.

Merry Christmas! :)

Della said...

How very kind of you to share your bread with your fellow "inmates" and the recipe (with notes!) with your readers! :)

Jodie said...

Dear G,
Thanks for the lovely recipe. I just read it now on Christmas evening. My husband & I spent all day cooking and preparing for a group of friends and family to join us for dinner. It was a balmy 70 degrees here in the Dallas area! We cooked some Jewish recipes for my step-daughter and fiancee who arrived around 8pm from Houston. We baked a beautiful kugel with brown sugar and pecan topping for a sweet with the meal. The meal was either or both Chicken Matso Ball soup and Cincinatti Chili with spagetti, cheese and onions. We also make a homemade sugar-free cheesecake with blackberry topping (made from scratch) plus banana nut bread and a sugar-free apple pie. My dear C is diabetic. We had a blended Chinese American family over with a 7 mo old, a 4 yr old, mom & dad plus her mom & dad from China. They love our strange American food especially the soup. I'm cooked out now. Plus Christmas CDs all day long. The Chinese family went home awhile ago, but the step-daughter & her friend are in watching the Maltese Falcon with C. I'm going to bed after I make a blog entry myself. Love from Dallas, Jodie

Emily said...

Is that recipe like Korvapuustit in Finland?

Merry Christmas! I love reading your blog. :)

weeder1 said...

Goodness but you've been quiet this week! We hope that isn't because you have been sick in bed!
Anxiously awaiting more fun reading coming from your keyboard~

Anonymous said...

This made me cry. My grandmother made this every Christmas. Her parents were both from Sweden. My grandmother died in 2004 and the absence of that bread is painful. I didn't have the recipe and had no idea even what the bread was called. We always called it Swedish Coffee Cake. Thank you for a wonderful gift. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.