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My husband and I made this for Christmas 2009 and it was a smash hit! The smell and taste of this bread really brought back wonderful memories. My mother's family is Finnish and our grandmother would always bring us Nissua, or Nisu, especially for Christmas! (the family came from Finland in the late 1800's and settled in a small town in northeastern Ohio called Ashtabula). We've lost a number of our elders over the past several years, including my mom and her mother. Making this for the family was so very special for us; my dad was only going to eat one piece but he was back for seconds, and thirds, all within 10 minutes of the first cut! I think he missed this tasty treat as much as we did. This is real yummy when toasted and spread with fresh butter. My sister-in-law couldn't get enough of it and had a slice every morning for breakfast during their visit. This will definitely become a Christmas family tradition from now on!
I had this same recipe years ago and misplaced it!! I was glad to see it hear...We love this for french toast (make into 2 loaves instead of braids).