Finnish Pulla

Finnish Pulla-3When I looked at the photo of this beautiful bread wreath in the book, I was worried! Could IFinnish Pulla-1 possibly reproduce this?  Well I did!  I must say I would need a bit more practice to get a really nice even wreath, but I was happy with my first attempt.  And the taste–wow!  I loved it! It’s a wonderfully sweet bread that is laced with small black flecks of cardamon.

We ate the first pieces as soon as it was cool enough to cut.  Then I sliced the rest of the wreath and put it in the freezer.Finnish Pulla-4  It certainly didn’t last long in the freezer.  I kept making toast to have with our morning coffee.  This would be a great bread to give as a gift.

If you would like to try this wonderful bread you can find the recipe on page 106 and 107 of Baking with Julia Erin of The Daily Morsel was the host for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie assignment and she posted the complete recipe.  All the recipes in Baking with Julia are contributed by different people.  This one was contributed by Beatrice Ojakangas.   It’s from her cookbook entitled, The Finnish Cookbook.   I requested her book from my library and found that she offers many other options for shaping this festive bread.   I’m planning to make this again soon and try my hand at Christmas “Pigs” or the Bishop’s Wig.

December 31st Addendum:

Pulla Pigs-1For Christmas I made another recipe of  Finnish Pulla  dough and shaped it into what Beatrice calls “Christmas Pigs”.   Here’s her instruction for shaping as found on page 37 of her book –  “Pinch off balls the dough (each about the size of a large egg)  and roll between your palms and the lightly floured board into strands about 12 inches long.  Arrange these on a greased baking sheet in the form of an S”   I love this bread!

About Created by Carlene

I live in Southern California with my husband and two black cats, Sadie and Samantha. Update...Thor the Standard Poodle mix pup joined our family in September. Life is not the same for us and especially not for Sadie and Samantha. Thor is a beautiful bundle of fluff and energy.
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9 Responses to Finnish Pulla

  1. SandraM says:

    I was worried too when I saw we were making this.
    Your wreath looks great. I had a hard time braiding. (is so much harder than doing hair!) But the flavour of the bread totally won me over. The cardamom is wonderful in it. And I can’t wait to make this again. But next time I think I’ll make loaves.

  2. spike says:

    So beautiful! I’ve got some in the freezer too

  3. Cathleen says:

    This is a wonderful bread. I plan on making it again for a gift. Your loaf is lovely!

  4. Teresa says:

    That’s interesting that there are many other shapes to try – I’ll have to see if our library has it!

  5. SandraM says:

    Love the shapes you made for christmas!! I like individual servings. Great job!

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