Finnish Pulla Bread Recipe       The Best Finnish Bread Recipe Ever!

Recipe for Finnish Pulla Bread

Also Called Nissu Bread and Finnish Bread

6-1/2 to 7 cups of flour  (Unbleached)
2 teaspoons of ground cardamon
1-3/4 cup of milk
1 cup sugar  (Demera is best)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 packages dry yeast
2 eggs
1 stick of unsalted butter (Unsalted is important) Butter-no substitute.
Heat the milk in a pan until it reaches a temperature of 115 degrees F.

Pour the milk in a large mixing bowl and add the sugar, salt, and cardamon . Mix well with a wooden spoon . Add the yeast and stir till dissolved. Add 1 egg and mix well. Add about 1/2 of the flour (3 cups) and mix  well with wooden spoon. Add the remaining 3-1/2 cups (you may need a little more) Mix well with spoon. Melt 1 stick of butter. Add to the dough. Knead the dough for about ten minutes. It will be done when it is smooth and elastic.

Cover the dough in the bowl with a clean cloth, and let rise for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. (doubled in size) Remove dough and cut dough into two large pieces. Divide each piece into 3 equal parts. Roll into strips and make into a braid.

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place the braids side by side on the sheet.  (If you have small pans, use 2)

Cover and Let rise again for another hour. Beat an egg, and brush on the tops of the loaves. Sprinkle sugar on top. Be sure to put in a preheated oven set at 375 degrees F.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, slice and enjoy!

This is one great tasting recipe for Finnish Bread!
Really easy to make....Won't last long in your kitchen!

Be sure to wrap the loaves with wax paper or  saran wrap after baking because they the bread goes stale quickly.  The next day, zap loaf in microwave for about 30 seconds to make it taste fresh baked.

What goes with Finnish Bread?

Well, of course, Coffee!  Finnish Coffee is perhaps the best in the world-Almost as good as Cowboy Coffee!  What's the Secret?
Using old fashioned coffee pot on Stove and Egg Shells!
I normally will not drink coffee, but when I visit my Finnish Friends, I end up drinking about 4 cups of coffee!  It's the Eggshells and the old Pot on the stove that makes it taste good!

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