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Pulla (Finnish Coffee Bread)

March 4, 2014

This is a dense, sweet, buttery, eggy dessert bread spiced with cardamom. It’s one of my favorite things my mom would make for us growing up. It tastes even better the day after it is made.

pulla

1 pkg. dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

2 cups warm milk

1 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp. ground cardamom (make sure it is fresh, but you may need to adjust the amount depending on how strong it is)

4 eggs, beaten

8-9 cups white flour

1 cup butter, softened

Glaze: 1 beaten egg, pearl sugar

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, sugar, salt, cardamom, eggs and enough flour to make a soft batter (about 3 cups). Beat until dough is smooth. Add butter and kneed well. Add the rest of the flour and kneed until smooth and satiny. Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 hour.

Roll out twelve 16-inch ropes and make three braided loaves. Place them on parchment-lined baking sheets. Cover and let rise 20 minutes.

Glaze with egg and sprinkle the pearl or coarse sugar on top.  Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 min.

Let cool and serve sliced and slathered with butter.

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From → Breads, Desserts

One Comment
  1. Mom permalink

    Mmmmm. I haven’t had that in a long time!

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