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    Finnish Pulla Bread

    Finnish Pulla Bread. Photo by FinnKidd

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    2 hrs 30 mins

    2 hrs

    30 mins

    Annacia's Note:

    A unique bread with a sweet flavor that makes a wonderful holiday gift! It takes about 4 hours to make, so allow yourself plenty of time. Feel free to add raisins or any chopped dried fruits.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    loaves

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.
    2. 2
      Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the lukewarm milk, sugar, salt, cardamom, 4 eggs, and enough flour to make a batter (approximately 2 cups). Beat until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add about 3 cups of the flour and beat well; the dough should be smooth and glossy in appearance. Add the melted butter or margarine, and stir well. Beat again until the dough looks glossy. Stir in the remaining flour until the dough is stiff.
    3. 3
      Turn out of bowl onto a floured surface, cover with an inverted mixing bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes. Knead the dough until smooth and satiny. Place in a lightly greased mixing bowl, and turn the dough to grease the top. Cover with a clean dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down, and let rise again until almost doubled.
    4. 4
      Turn out again on to a floured surface, and divide into 3 parts. Divide each third into 3 again. Roll each piece into a 12 to 16 inch strip. Braid 3 strips into a loaf. You should get 3 large braided loaves. Lift the braids onto greased baking sheets. Let rise for 20 minutes.
    5. 5
      Brush each loaf with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
    6. 6
      Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Check occasionally because the bottom burns easily.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 11, 2013

      I have been looking fora recipe for pulla. My mother was first generation American but my grandparents came to this country from Finland. I used to watch my mother and grandmother knead the dough and braid the loaves. My grandmother kept the bread in the house all the time to dunk in her coffee. I look forward to making my own. This brings back some nice memories, Thank you Annacia

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    • on March 30, 2010

      55

      This is delicious! I tried a few different recipes I found online and this was the best. Made it for my Finnish BF & he was thrilled.

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    • on December 27, 2009

      55

      I'm so glad this is posted. I have a friend who is Finnish and she gave me this recipe (or at least most of it). It's nice to have an amount for the cardamom and for the topping. Everyone that I know who has tried it loves it.

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    Nutritional Facts for Finnish Pulla Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (2335 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 2162.4
     
    Calories from Fat 438
    20%
    Total Fat 48.7 g
    75%
    Saturated Fat 26.3 g
    131%
    Cholesterol 456.6 mg
    152%
    Sodium 1199.0 mg
    49%
    Total Carbohydrate 370.8 g
    123%
    Dietary Fiber 10.8 g
    43%
    Sugars 76.6 g
    306%
    Protein 55.8 g
    111%

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