Coffee Bread (Pulla)

(from the kitchen of Carol Linkkila)
From Bruce & Jill's Favourite Family Recipes

1 pint milk
3/4 cups butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
7 cups flour
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 tablespoons cardamom seeds
1 pkg yeast
1/4 warm sugar water

Scald milk, butter, sugar and salt. Stir in 3 cups flour and mix to make medium batter. Add egg yolks and cardamom, mix well. Dissolve yeast in warm water; when cooled, add to batter. Let rise until double, then punch down. Add remaining flour and knead. Let rise until double, cut into four parts. Shape into loaves or braid. Spread with egg whites for glaze, if desired. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes

From the Dinner Co-op