Finnish Pulla with a Twist
Recipe Type: Baking
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A delicious Finnish bread recipe
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 pkt dry yeast (about 7 to 8 gms)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt (can skip if you use salted butter)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
  • 4-5 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1 stick melted unsalted butter
  • 1 egg mixed with a bit of water for egg wash
  • for filling-
  • 2-3 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  1. Heat milk till it is lukewarm.
  2. Pour milk into large bowl and stir in the yeast.
  3. Allow the yeast to awaken and let it sit for about 7 minutes.
  4. Add egg, crushed cardamom, sugar and salt and whisk till they are incorporated.
  5. Stir in about 1 cup of flour, melted butter and whisk into a batter.
  6. Add the rest of the flour.
  7. Knead for about 10 minutes with your hands on a lightly floured surface. (If it is too sticky, add a bit of flour).
  8. The kneaded dough should be springy to touch.
  9. Place the dough in a bowl and cover bowl with cling wrap/ towel and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
  10. In the meanwhile, mix the filling ingredients together.
  11. Once your dough has risen and doubled in size, knock the air out and Knead it gently for a couple of minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  12. Roll the dough into a oblong or an oval shape with a roller on a parchment paper.
  13. with the help of a pizza cutter, make slanting cuts along both sides (be careful not to cut deep as we need the space in middle for the filling)
  14. Just ensure that the strips you cut are equal in number on both sides and are of the same length on both sides.
  15. Spread the filling in middle.
  16. Leaving the end closest to the filling attached, start braiding the strips over the filling tucking in the loose ends.
  17. Tuck the end and pinch the dough to seal it off.
  18. Cover with dish towel and let it sit at least 15 minutes to rise again before baking it.
  19. About 5 minutes before baking, give it a quick egg wash.
  20. Bake them at 200 degree celsius for about 15-20 minutes on a preheated oven.
  21. Enjoy with a cuppa steaming coffee.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at