Panem et Circenses

Panem et Circenses

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cardamom Easter Braid

Ingredients:  Cardamom, Golden Raisins, Lemon Zest, Milk, Water, Eggs, Butter, Bread Flour, Sugar, Salt, and Yeast.

Tis the season for Easter breads!  This wonderful braided loaf is loaded with my favorite spice cardamom.  I got a little excited with the lemons and I worry that the acid may have effected the yeast a bit because it didn't rise as much as I thought it should.  but after leaving it out till it raised I finally put it in the oven to bake it.

"All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.

And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!

And thou most kind and gentle Death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!"

- Francis of Assisi, 1225
Translated by William H. Draper

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