Mormor’s Swedish Coffee Bread Recipe

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My grandma has made coffee bread for as long as I can remember. Every Christmas when we would visit, we would have this bread for breakfast nearly every morning. Whenever my grandparents would come to visit us, my grandma would bring several loaves of her delicious coffee bread.

This recipe comes from my great-grandmother, my mom’s mormor (Swedish for grandma).

Here’s the recipe:

1.  Scald 2 cups milk and add next four ingredients stirring to dissolve.  Then cool to lukewarm.

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. salt

2.  Add 2 pkgs. dry yeast that have been dissolved first in ½ cup lukewarm water, then add to above mixture after it has cooled to lukewarm.
3.  Beat 2 eggs and add to above mixture.
4.  Mix in approximately 8 cups flour.
Let this rise for 2 hours or until doubled.
5.  Punch down and knead until it is no longer sticky and easy to shape.
6.  Roll out into four loaves by separating into 4 parts. Roll into circle and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture, then roll up and placed in greased loaf pan.
7.  Let rise again until doubled, about 4 hours.
8.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 min. or until golden brown and it springs back lightly.

As soon as I make a loaf this Fall, I’ll post a picture. My younger brother actually has made this many times, so anyone can do it!

Update…so I still haven’t made it yet, but here’s a picture, taken by a friend who did (see her comment in the comments section):

Photo credit: Kara Ryska

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3 Responses to Mormor’s Swedish Coffee Bread Recipe

  1. oh yum, this sounds delicious. but i wasn’t blessed with a knack for baking (ok, plus i’m a little lazy…) invite me over when you make some, ok? (wink wink;)

  2. Kara Ryska says:

    Delicious! I made this on Sun night and I made the error no experienced baker/cook should make . . . . I didn’t read through the entire recipe before I started it. Note to others that try this recipe: It’s not the type of recipe you should start at 7 pm at night. In spite of having to modify it a bit due to my lack of planning, it was fun to make and so yummy. It wasn’t too sweet, but sweet enough to leave off the jam. Also, since cardamom is not a spice that you go through super fast, I just buy it a few teaspoons at a time in the bulk section of henry’s, it is WAY cheaper that way and I’ll bet more fresh too. Thanks Buddy! It would be a fun project to do with the kids, since yeast is pretty much the coolest thing on earth . . .well almost.

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