December 30, 2008

Finnish Pulla

1Tb dry yeast
1/2 C warm water
2 C milk
1 C sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tb cardemumma
4 eggs, beaten
9 C bread flour
1/2 c butter

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sugar, salt, cardemumma, eggs and two cups flour to make batter. Beat until smooth. Add three more cups of flour and beat until smooth and glossy. Add butter and stir well. beat until dough is glossy. Stir in remaining flour until dough forms a stiff ball.

Turn out onto floured surface and let rest for 15 min. Knead until smooth and elastic. Put into greased bowl and allow to rise in warm place until double. Punch down and again rise until double. *

Turn out and divide into three parts. Further divide each of these into three parts. Make long strips of equal length and twist these into a braid. Tuck ends under. Put braids onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and let rise 20 min. Glaze the loaves by brushing with beaten egg and if desired, crushed sugar and/or almonds. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. Should be light and golden brown. Do not overbake or it will be too dry.

*I have skipped the second rise and instead allowed the dough to rise 2 1/2 to 3 times and it turned out fine.

From Kim's primary president who served her mission in Finland