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Finnish Pulla

A must on the Finnish coffee table! So light and delicious, the cardamom flavored slices are traditionally served unbuttered.

 

This recipe is featured at Food Wanderings.

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This recipe makes 3 braided loaves
Ingredients
Cardamom pods (1 tsp crushed)20, OR 1 tsp ground cardamom
Bread Flour6+1/2 to 7 cups
Active Dry Yeast4+1/2 tsp
Sugar2/3 cup
Salt2 tsp
Milk1+1/2 cups
Water1/2 cup
Butter1/2 cup
Eggs2
TOPPING
Egg, slightly beaten1
Sliced almonds OR Pearl sugar3 TBSP
Directions

Crack open cardamom pods; grind or pound seeds. In large mixer bowl, combine 2+1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and cardamom; mix well. In saucepan, heat milk, water and butter until warm (120-130°F; butter does not need to melt). Add to flour mixture. Add 2 eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.

 

Punch down dough. Divide into 3 parts. Divide each third into 3 pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll each piece to a 16-inch rope. On greased cookie sheet, loosely braid 3 ropes from center to ends. Pinch ends and tuck under to seal. Cover; let rise in warm place until indentation remains after lightly touching. Gently brush braids with egg; sprinkle with almonds or pearl sugar. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets; cool.

 

 

You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use 1/2 tsp Instant yeast (or 3/4 tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.

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