Authentic Swedish Coffee Bread Recipe with a Twist

Welcome to my bread machine Swedish coffee bread recipe! As a barista, I’ve always had a soft spot for coffee-related treats. This Swedish coffee bread recipe is no exception.

With this recipe, I wanted to share my love for the Swedish coffee bread that has won hearts all around the world. It’s sweet, aromatic and mouth-watering. You can enjoy it as a breakfast treat with your morning coffee or have it as an afternoon snack with some tea.

The best part of it all? It’s a bread machine recipe, making it super easy to prepare. Just add the ingredients to your bread machine and let it work its magic.

So if you’re up for indulging in a decadent baked treat while still keeping things simple and easy, this bread machine Swedish coffee bread is just perfect for you. Keep reading to find out how to make it and why you’ll love it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread
Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread

Are you a fan of coffee bread? If so, you’re going to absolutely adore this Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread recipe – it’s a perfect match for any kind of coffee, from a bold roast to a creamy latte!

What sets this coffee bread apart is the tantalizing aroma and taste of ground cardamom that goes into the dough mix. The addition of cardamom, a popular spice in Swedish baking, gives the bread an unbelievable depth of flavor that will make you come back for more.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry; flour, sugar, salt, active dry yeast and butter. And if you own a bread machine, let it do all the work! Simply add the ingredients into the machine and set it on the dough cycle. This means no kneading or proofing responsibilities for you – these steps will be taken care of by your trusty machine.

To take this recipe up a notch, we recommend slathering some softened butter and honey to your warm slice of coffee bread. You could also try pairing it with some fruit preserves or a dollop of whipped cream.

If you’re craving some warmth on a chilly day or looking for a sweet treat on a sunny afternoon, this recipe is perfect for you. In fact, we bet that once you try this Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread recipe, it’ll become one of your go-to favorites for any time of day!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to fall in love with the aroma and flavor of Swedish Coffee Bread!
Get ready to fall in love with the aroma and flavor of Swedish Coffee Bread!

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread:

Bread Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm milk (110°F to 115°F)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast

Coffee Topping Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces

Remember to confirm that you have all the ingredients before starting.

The Recipe How-To

 Experience the perfect balance of sweet and savory with each bite of this delectable treat.
Experience the perfect balance of sweet and savory with each bite of this delectable treat.

Now let’s dive into the exciting part – making the Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread Recipe! Get ready to fill your kitchen with the aroma of fresh-baked bread and delight your taste buds with this heavenly creation. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a perfect loaf of this delicious coffee bread.

Step 1: Measure and prepare the ingredients

Gather all the ingredients required for the recipe. Measure them carefully and ensure that they are all at room temperature before use.

Step 2: Combine dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp. ground cardamom, 1½ tsp. active dry yeast and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Step 3: Add wet ingredients

Add 1 cup milk, 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons softened butter to the dry mixture in the order suggested by your bread machine manual.

Step 4: Select the bread machine program

Select either the basic or the dough cycle option on your bread machine, depending on its features.

Step 5: Start the machine

Press start and wait until your machine finishes kneading and rising for about an hour or an hour and a half.

Step 6: Shape dough into a loaf

Once done, remove dough from bread maker pan onto a floured surface. Shape it into a round or rectangular loaf shape.

Step 7: Bake the bread

Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap, and let it rest for an additional 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 375F now.

Dust flour over top of Swedish Coffee Bread before putting it in oven.

Bake for about 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees F until golden brown on top.

Congratulations, you have made a Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread!

Savour the aroma and share with family and friends, too.

Substitutions and Variations

 Revel in the joy of making homemade bread with this easy to use bread machine recipe.
Revel in the joy of making homemade bread with this easy to use bread machine recipe.

Are you looking to switch up this Swedish Coffee Bread recipe? Don’t worry! There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can use while still achieving great results.

For starters, if you prefer a stronger cardamom flavor, feel free to increase the amount of cardamom in the recipe or even sprinkle some ground cardamom on top of the bread for some added spice. Alternatively, if you’re not a fan of cardamom or simply want a different flavor profile, try substituting cinnamon instead. It’ll give the bread a warm and cozy taste, perfect for cold winter mornings.

Additionally, you can experiment with different types of flour such as whole wheat or rye flour for a heartier bread. You can also swap out the milk for non-dairy alternatives, such as almond or soy milk, to make the recipe vegan-friendly.

Want to add some extra texture to your coffee bread? Try adding in finely chopped nuts like walnuts or almonds into the dough before baking. Or add some raisins, currants or other dried fruits that pair well with cardamom and coffee.

Feeling creative? Shape your machine-swedish coffee bread differently! You can divide the dough into smaller pieces and shape them into rolls or braid them together for a beautiful presentation. Or try twisting it into a tea ring shape for something unique.

Whatever substitution or variations you choose to make, be sure to pay attention to the texture and consistency of your dough so that it comes out perfectly fluffy and moist – just like Swedish Cardamom Bread should be!

Serving and Pairing

 Whether you're a coffee-lover or not, this bread is sure to be a hit among your friends and family.
Whether you’re a coffee-lover or not, this bread is sure to be a hit among your friends and family.

Once you pull this beautiful Swedish coffee bread out of your bread machine, it’s time to enjoy it! This bread is best served warm with a generous slather of softened butter or cream cheese.

But that’s not all! You can also enjoy this delightful bread as a dessert by sprinkling a little bit of sugar over your slice or drizzling it with a sweet glaze. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Swedish coffee bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack. It pairs well with a cup of hot coffee or a warm cup of tea. In fact, it’s even better when enjoyed alongside a delicious Swedish rye bread or swedish braided bread.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some cardamom rolls or a cardamom braid to your spread. The flavor profiles perfectly complement each other and create an ultimate Swedish-inspired feast.

This coffee bread is also perfect for incorporating into your holiday baking recipes. Use it as the base for your Christmas bread or as an accompaniment to your holiday meals.

No matter how you decide to serve and pair this delicious bread, just make sure to share it with the ones you love.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or anytime you crave a sweet indulgence.
Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or anytime you crave a sweet indulgence.

One of the best parts about this Swedish coffee bread recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, stored, and reheated for later enjoyment. Here are some tips and recommendations on how you can make the most out of your bread machine Swedish coffee bread:


If you know that you will be pressed for time later in the week, you can easily prepare the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to use it. Just make sure to follow the recipe instructions up until the point where you shape the dough into a ball before placing it in an oiled bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 48 hours or freeze for up to 1 month.


The bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. Make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or foil to prevent dryness. Alternatively, if you have sliced the bread, you can store individual slices in an airtight container or freezer bag in the refrigerator or freezer for longer shelf-life.


To reheat your Swedish coffee bread, preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C) and place a baking sheet in the oven. This will help re-crisp the crust without burning it. Place your bread on a piece of aluminum foil and place it on top of the baking sheet in the oven for around 10 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, you can warm up individual slices in a toaster or toaster oven.

With these tips, you can enjoy freshly baked Swedish coffee bread anytime, anywhere – whether it’s straight from your bread machine or from your fridge/freezer. The convenience of make-ahead and storing options makes this recipe perfect for busy schedules!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Savor each bite with a cup of hot coffee, the ultimate pairing for this coffee-infused bread.
Savor each bite with a cup of hot coffee, the ultimate pairing for this coffee-infused bread.

Making Swedish Coffee bread by using a bread machine is easy and convenient, but to ensure that the result meets your expectations, you must follow the recipe directions exactly. Here are some tips that can help you achieve mouthwatering Swedish Coffee Bread in your own home:

1. Cardamom is the key ingredient in this recipe. Make sure to use fresh ground cardamom or crush the whole cardamom pods yourself for the best flavor. When grinding cardamom pods, remove the outer husks and grind only the seeds.

2. Measurements matter! To get the perfect texture and taste, measure all ingredients carefully and be precise in following instructions of order of ingredients.

3. Use active dry yeast specifically to activate as per recipe instructions – this allows for better dough rises than instant yeast.

4. If you live in a dry climate, consider adding an additional tablespoon of water to the dough mixture. Likewise, add a tablespoon of flour if you live in an area with high humidity.

5. Warm up the milk before adding it to the mixture: a warm liquid allows for more effective yeast activity and can produce an ideal rise for fluffy bread.

6. Allow plenty of time for dough rise: Set your bread machine timer to approximately 1-2 hours for maximum puffiness in your bread loaf.

7. Add texture with a glaze: Once your Swedish Coffee Bread has cooled down, brush it lightly with milk or beaten egg yolk and sprinkle coarse white sugar on top for a crunchy touch!

8. Feel free to experiment: You can add raisins, almonds, or other personal twists when making a Swedish Cinnamon Roll variation to this recipe.

By following these simple tips, you are now guaranteed a delicious homemade Swedish Coffee Bread that both family members and café customers will appreciate!


Now that you have learned how to make a delicious Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread, here are some frequently asked questions that may be helpful as you make this recipe for yourself or others.

Why is my bread machine bread not fluffy?

If bread turns out to be dense and heavy, it could be due to inadequate kneading of the dough or other possible factors. For instance, the yeast and salt can be mixed together, causing an adverse reaction. Additionally, impatience during the baking process or not creating ample tension in the dough before baking may lead to the same outcome.

Why is the crust so hard on bread machine bread?

When baking bread in the oven, getting a crispy crust is all about having the oven heated up to a high temperature before the bread goes in. However, with a bread machine, there is no option to preheat, so the baking process starts as soon as the machine is turned on. This can lead to a crust that is harder than desired.

What makes bread super soft and fluffy?

When yeast grows in dough, it releases carbon dioxide which creates bubbles in the bread, resulting in a lighter and fluffier texture. The amount of gas in the dough is directly proportional to the growth of the yeast, which determines the degree of airiness of the bread loaf.

What is European setting on bread machine?

At my coffee shop, I highly recommend the Zojirushi for those who love the taste of light and savory bread. This incredible device boasts a European menu setting that is perfect for baking artisan, rustic bread such as sourdough or baguettes. Plus, with its handy 12-hour clock and 13-hour delay timer, it’s easy to achieve perfectly risen bread every time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread Recipe is perfect for anyone who loves coffee and bread. With its easy-to-follow instructions and minimal ingredients, it’s an excellent recipe for beginners or experienced bakers alike. The soft, sweet bread infused with aromatic cardamom screams comfort and indulgence in every bite.

The best part is that you can enjoy a slice of this delicious bread anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re having it for breakfast, snack time, or dessert, it pairs perfectly with a hot cup of your preferred coffee. Plus, it’s also a great gift idea for your coffee-loving friends and family.

Moreover, this recipe offers versatility with its substitution and variation options as well as making-ahead storing and reheating tips. You can customize it to suit your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. So next time you’re looking for a heartwarming treat that’s easy to make yet delicious, give this Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread Recipe a try. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread

Bread Machine Swedish Coffee Bread Recipe

Mama Stace says, "This is a delicious Swedish coffee bread recipe converted for use with a bread maker! My family is Swedish, and ever year we make this recipe just in time for Christmas. We always enjoy it especially on Christmas morning. We used to make a long, drawn out version that was my great-grandmother's recipe, but thanks to modern conveniences like the bread maker it takes much less time and work! I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine has." From
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Prep Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Bakery
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 175.7 kcal


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 3 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • pearl sugar or other decorative sugar


  • Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
  • When the dough cycle has finished, divide into three equal portions. Roll each piece into a rope 12 to 14 inches long. Lay the three ropes side by side, then braid together. Tuck the ends underneath, and place onto a greased baking sheet, cover loosely with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in bulk.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Brush the braid with beaten egg white and sprinkle with pearl sugar. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 67gCalories: 175.7kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 3.4gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 21.8mgSodium: 134.6mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 5.7g
Keyword Baking, Bread Machine, Breads, Easy, European, Healthy, Kid-Friendly, Oven, Scandinavian, Small Appliance, Swedish, Toddler-Friendly, Weeknight, Yeast
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