|Beautiful Finnish Pulla|
This week, for Tuesdays with Dorie ~ Baking with Julia, we are baking a Finnish Pulla or sweet yeast bread. The contributing baker is Beatrice Ojakangas. Sweet doughs are a favorite of mine for the holidays. I always make one for Christmas morning. It’s tradition! My bread of choice is my Aunt Emma’s Christmas Bread, which is posted here. Italian in origin, I use the same dough for my Christmas bread as I do for my Easter bread. The Finnish Pulla looked lovely in the photos so I thought, why not make a change this year? It will still look pretty and quite festive on my Christmas morning table.
So, today I planned a baking day! I thought it would be a great way to get some of my Christmas baking out of the way. I wanted to get my grandmothers poppy seed rolls made, so that I could get them in the mail to my two sons, and also knock out the Finnish Pulla. It was a miserable day here in NJ, rainy and cold, so staying in and baking was a wonderful plan.
The Pulla was quite easy to put together. Scald the milk and let it cool. Mix the yeast with warm water in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk, sugar, cardamom, salt and eggs. Switch to a wooden spoon and beat in 2 cups of flour until smooth. Beat in the butter then add additional flour, ½ cup at a time, until you have a stiff but not dry dough. Let the dough rest for about 15 minutes…then knead and let rise. I found this process easy. After the dough rises, shape it and let rise again. Making the bow to put on the wreath was the most time consuming for me…lol!!
I chose to paint my bow with some red food coloring and sprinkle the wreath with a bit of green sanding sugar, along with Demerara sugar. This Pulla came out beautiful and, I can’t wait to cut it open on Christmas morning!! Happy Tuesday and Merry Christmas everyone!
Erin of The Daily Morsel is our host for the Finnish Pulla, the recipe will be posted on her blog. You can also see what all the other bakers are doing at Tuesdays with Dorie.
|After the first rise…divide into three sections|
|Dough made into long ropes, ready to braid|
|Braided and ready for second rise|
|Just out of the oven…so lovely and smelled so good|
|So very festive and pretty|
|Maybe a new tradition to be shared with my Aunts Christmas bread|