Finnish Cardamom Bread (Pulla)
Classic cardamom-scented Finnish bread—perfect for fika, the Scandinavian coffee break.
- 2 cups warm milk
- 25 g active fresh yeast (about 3 tsp dry yeast)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
- 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cups melted butter
- 1 egg to use for egg wash
- measuring cups and spoons
- small pot or bowl for warming milk
- mixing bowl
- wooden spoon or mixer
- cookie sheet
- pastry brush
- Mix together warm milk, yeast, salt and sugar. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
- Add egg, cardamom and about half the flour, and mix well. Add the rest of the flour, little by little; pour in melted butter just before the last portion of flour. Knead well until the dough pulls away from your hand and the sides of the bowl.
- Cover the dough with a cloth, and let rest in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until it has doubled in volume.
- Knead the dough again, and shape into round buns. Cover the buns and let rest for 20 minutes or so. Use a pastry brush to brush egg wash over the buns, then bake at 225° C (450° F) for 10–12 minutes, until golden. Cover with a cloth and allow to cool.
You can also divide the dough into three parts, roll them into logs, and braid them into a loaf just like in the picture! Rest, egg wash, and bake as above.
Please note: This is a time-consuming recipe because of the resting time for the dough. Make sure you have half a day...