Cardamom bread is wonderful to make, but it can be time consuming,. The recipe I used can be found here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Finnish-Pulla/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=finnish%20sweet%20bread&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe
This bread tastes great with coffee. You can also slice it and make delicious French toast.
Now you are probably wondering–what happens if I have extra dough left? Do I just make a tiny braid and bake it? You can if you want. It is truly up to you. Here is what I did: Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a long rectangle shape (or as close as you can get to one). Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar to coat the dough. Roll towards you so that you are rolling the longest edge. Cut into one inch pieces. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Note that if you are not lazy like me, you can pinch the edges so you retain more of a circular shape. If you want to be lazy, you can display these in a lovely 69 position on a platter. I recommend serving this with a cream cheese frosting. Just mix one stick of butter, with one package of cream cheese. Add 2-3 cups of confectioner’s sugar. DON’T FORGET THE GINGER BRANDY!! You can add a few scoopfuls of that for flavor. You can also just leave it plain or add a number of other ingredients to enhance the flavor like cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, etc.
I used the following recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/banana-banana-bread/
Please note that I added two caps full of ginger brandy to this mixture and some chopped walnuts. I let the butter soften just enough so I could mix it with an electric mixer. That is what leaves the little clumps you see in the photo. The reason for this? My mom always did it like that!
And here is the finished product. It needed less time to cook than the recipe stated. I put it in for 60 minutes and while I checked when it had 20 minutes left, it still needed another 5 to go. I always end up with a darker-looking banana bread in this oven. Next time I may use foil.
Banana Bread (Complete)
I do enjoy your food, but I have to admit I have not been amazed by it. I have been to a few restaurants of yours in my state of residence, and I just feel that the menu is lacking a bit. I realize you downsized to make things easier and I applaud you for your efforts. My taste buds, however, are never that amazed by the available menu. Your place is clean, neat, and chic; your service is wonderful and you hire persnickety people who care about the work that they do. But I must admit that the real reason I keep returning to your establishment is because of your dinner rolls.
Bertucci’s, please consider becoming a bakery. You will also have to sell your olive oil dipping sauce as well.
A Loyal Dinner Roll Customer (CompetentChef)
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