Finnish Butter Eye Buns "voisilmäpulla"

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins

A common sweet bread here in Finland with a devilishly sugary eye in the middle. My husband really wanted me to make it so he found it in a finnish recipe book and translated it for me to make it. I changed the combining of the ingredients just to fit my bread making style. I also put the conversions into cups that I did for myself because I am not comfortable with DL yet. We enjoyed these and they taste just like the ones we get in the coffee shop over here. The more sugar and butter you put in the middle the better they become...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine 2 cups Flour, the cardamom, yeast and salt. Set aside.
  2. Combine milk, butter and sugar into a small pot.
  3. Heat on the burner until just hot and butter is almost melted, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  4. Add milk mixture and egg to flour mixture, beat on low for 1 minute and on high for 3 minutes (I have no electric mixer at the moment so I beat it with a spoon "really fast" for 3 minutes and it does the job just fine :).
  5. Add in additional flour until dough is workable and turn out to a floured surface.
  6. Kneed dough until it springs back when you touch it.
  7. Let rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  8. Punch down and let rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Make into rolls about the size of a small fist -- or however big or small you want them. The official recipe says 20 pieces. I think I come out with about the same.
  10. Brush with beaten egg.
  11. Make a thumb print into each roll and add 1/2 tsp butter and 1/2 tsp sugar.
  12. Bake in the oven at 350 F for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Serve with coffee or tea :).
  14. The preparation time does include the hour to rise.
Most Helpful

I loved this! My friends wanted to know what cardamom tasted like so I looked up some quick recipes featuring that sweet spice. The little buns were so light and delicious. I brushed each roll with egg white mixed with a little water and sprinkled sugar on top. It reminded me of the smells and rolls I had when we visited Sweden. I used 2 tsp. of yeast like another baker.

LaurietheLibrarian October 31, 2011

This recipe was very easy to make. Recipe calls for 50g yeast, I am not accustomed to metric measurements and used a kitchen scale. 50g yeast equals out to be about 1/3 cup! I have never used such large amount of yeast in so small a recipe so I used 2 teaspoons. My voisilmapulla turned out really good so I would make it with the 2 teaspoons yeast again. I will have to make more soon, my kids gobbled it up and wanted more!

Old McDonald's Farm July 19, 2011

This recipe was so easy to follow and my voisilm├Ąpulla turned out so amazing :D
They are so nice!
I very much recommend this :)
Thankyou! Kiitos!

courtney180594 February 05, 2011