Childhood Recipe: Carol-Ann’s Cardamom Bread

Good Morning!

When I was a kid, my parent’s friends from Alberta, Ted and Carol-Ann, bought a really old farmhouse down the road from our cottage at Oak Point, New Brunswick.  They called it the Oak Point Inn. It looked like a haunted house. It had no electricity, no indoor plumbing, an awesome back staircase and what seemed like 1000 rooms when I was young. We had so much fun in that house. Playing hide and seek, pretending it was haunted and exploring every nook and cranny. We shared many meals there and after dinner when it got dark, we lit lots of candles and glass oils lanterns and huddled in to play boardgames or cards.  Needless to say, I have many memories of the Oak Point Inn but one of my fondest ones was making cardamom bread with Carol-Ann from scratch. I was pretty young at the time but she was patient and let me help at every step. I remember feeling very proud of myself when it was finished. And it was delicious. Over Christmas this year, my Mom suggested we make Carol-Ann’s cardamom bread recipe.  So we did. And I’m sharing it today.

I know you are probably thinking that cardamom bread sounds like it would be a savory bread.  But it’s not, it’s actually a very sweet bread.  Now, I cheated a little and made the dough using the dough setting of my mother’s bread maker, but I’ll share the manual instructions below in brackets for those of you who do not have a breadmaker.

You need:

  • 1 package of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 4- 4 1/2 cups of white flour
  • 1/4 cup of margarine, melted

For the wash:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • sliced almonds
  • sugar

ingredients

Check you breadmaker instructions for dough recipes and add all your ingredients in the order they are required. Set you breadmaker to the dough setting and turn on.

ALTERNATE (no breadmaker): Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, eggs, sugar, salt cardamon, and 2 cups of the flour.  Beat in melted margarine until smooth and then add remaining flour. Cover and rest 15 mins. Turn on floured surface and knead bread.  Place in greased bowl and let rise until doubled in size. Punch down.

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bread maker

Split dough in half then split into 3 equal pieces.

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Create 3 long tubes of dough that are roughly the same size.

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Braid three pieces.  Do the same for the other half of the dough and let rise again until doubled in size.

dough2

Whisk together the egg yolk and milk, and coat the loaves with it.

glazing

Sprinkle with sugar and sliced almonds.  Bake for 20-25 mins.

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And voila!  Tasty sweet cardamom bread.

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final product

bread

The bread tasted just as I remembered it from all those summers ago.  I think that the best recipes have a dash of nostalgia. They eventually sold the farmhouse and Carol-Ann is no longer with us but many memories are wrapped up in this recipe. I should also mention that I recently discovered that Carol-Ann’s daughter, Jody, who also spent some summers at the Oak Point Inn, is also a blogger in Calgary at Travels with Baggage!  I’m telling you the power of social media for re-connecting people is pretty amazing sometimes.

Have a great day!

XO,

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Comments

  1. Such good memories, I feel a little misty.
    The bread was delicious…….even when made with NO electricity years ago.

  2. Ah, Lindsey! So sweet. What a lovely tribute to my mom. The weird thing is, I don’t remember her making that. I’m pretty sure I never helped in the kitchen, so I thank you for stepping up:)

    • RECREATED says:

      Of course! I have so many memories of that place and your parents. It was fun reliving some of them writing this post! XO

  3. Carol Ann was my aunt and I never really thought of her as a baker before. Sewer; DIY enthusiast; foodie; yes. However I can see her making this at ‘The Inn’ because the pace would have been so much slower and she was always so busy at home. Thanks for sharing!

    • RECREATED says:

      So nice of you to comment! I also remember her DIYing/crafting a the Inn. I recall her crocheting and sewing a lot. And yes, the pace was slow so I’m sure that was part of it.

  4. I never make bread except in a breadmaker. Best invention ever. (By the way I think mine is the same one as yours!) This recipe sounds amazing, love just a hint of cardamom. Thanks for sharing, along with your lovely story and memories 🙂

  5. Oh that looks soooo good, thanks for the recipe!

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