The aroma of Pulla bread baking brings back
memories of special times. This Finn bread was one my grandmother made.
This is a family favorite. Sliced thin and toasted it is an amazing treat
with coffee or dunked in coffee.
- Finnish Cardamom Coffee Bread
Yield: 1 Servings Preparation Time:
|2 Pkg Active Dry Yeast
1/3 Cup Sugar
2 Cup Water, Warm
2 Tsp Salt
1 Egg, room temperature
1/4 Cup Soft Butter (Or Shortening)
6 Cup (Up To 7) Flour, sifted
Thin Confectioners' Sugar
1/2 Tsp Cardamom, Ground
Sprinkle yeast on warm water; stir to
Blend in egg, 3 cups flour, cardamom, sugar and salt.
mixer at medium speed about 2 minutes until batter is smooth.
and enough remaining flour, a little at a time, first with spoon and then
with hand, to make a fairly soft dough that leaves the sides of the bowl.
Turn onto lightly floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 8
Place in greased bowl and turn dough over to grease top.
and let rise in warm place til doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down dough,
turn over, cover and let rest 10 minutes.
Turn out onto board; divide in half.
each half into 3 equal parts.
Roll each part under hand to make a strip 11
to 12 inches long.
Braid 3 strips, starting from the center and braiding
to each end, pinching ends to seal.
Place in greased loaf pan.
remaining three strips.
let rise in warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Bake in hot oven
(400 degrees) 40 to 50 minutes, covering with sheet of foil during last 15
minutes to prevent browning too much.
Remove from pans and place on wire
After loaves are slightly cooked, brush with
Makes 2 loaves Finnish Bread Variation - Round
Turn risen dough onto board; divide into 2 parts.
Shape into 2 loaves and
place in 2 greased 9' round layer cake pans.
Make 3 or 4 slashes on tops
of loaves with very sharp knife.
Cover, let rise until doubled; bake and
cool like Finnish coffee bread.
Makes 2 round loaves.