Finnish Nisu - Sweet Bread

Recipe by LiisaN
READY IN: 3hrs
YIELD: 3 loaves




  • Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  • Stir in the milk, sugar, salt, cardamon, eggs and enough flour to make a batter (approx. 2 cups).
  • Beat until dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Add about 3 cups of flour and beat well.
  • Dough should be smooth and glossy in appearance.
  • Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time until dough is stiff.
  • Add the butter; beat until dough looks glossy again.
  • Turn out onto floured board, cover with inverted bowl.
  • Let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Knead until smooth and satiny.
  • Place in lightly greased bowl, turn dough to grease top, cover lightly and let rise in warm place- until doubled in size.
  • Punch down; let rise again.
  • Turn out onton a lightly floured board, divide into 3 parts, and divide each part into 3.
  • Shape each piece of dough into a strip 16 inches long by rolling between palms and board.
  • Braid 3 strips together into a straight loaf and pinch ends together and tuck under.
  • Repeat for second and third loafs.
  • Place on lightly greased baking sheets.
  • Let rise until puffy (1/2 to 1 hour).
  • Glaze loaves with a mixture of beaten egg and milk.
  • Sprinkle with sugar and sliced almonds.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  • Do not overbake- or bread will be dry.