Finnish Pulla

I always one to post a receipe in hopes that one of the women in my family will bake or cook something for me. I post this from Sword and Sea with much thanks to Matterhorn.

Finnish Pulla

Here is a recipe for making three loaves of pulla, Finland's delicious, sweet cardamom bread. I encourage everyone to try it!


~2 cups milk
~1/2 cup warm water (110 F)
~1 (1/4) package active dry yeast
~1 cup white sugar
~1 tsp. salt
~1 tsp. ground cardamom
~4 eggs, beaten
~9 cups all-purpose white flour
~1/2 cup butter, melted
~1 egg, beaten
~2 tbsp. white sugar


1.Warm milk until it bubbles, then remove from heat and let cool down.
2.Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in lukewarm milk, sugar, salt, cardamom, eggs, 2cups flour. Beat until dough is smooth and elastic. Add 3 more cups of flour, keep beating. Add melted butter, stir batter well. Beat again. Stir in remaining flour until dough is stiff.
3.Turn dough out of bowl onto floured surface, cover with inverted mixing bowl. Let rest for 15 min. Knead dough. Place it in lightly greased mixing bowl. Turn the dough to grease the top. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk (1 hr). Punch down, let rise again.
4.Turn out again onto floured surface. Divide into 3 parts. Divide each third into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-16 in. strip. Braid 3 strips into a loaf. Make 3 large braided loaves. Put braids on greased baking sheets. Let rise for 20 min.
5.Brush each loaf with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar.
6.Bake at 400 F for 25-30 min.

Some versions of the recipe include currants or raisins to taste.

I can feel my stomach growling.


1 comment:

Matterhorn said...

I hope you and your family get to try it!