Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TWD~Baking with Julia ~ Finnish Pulla

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
Ready…set….bake
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




35 comments:

  1. looks awesome! I have to get caught up on my TWD posts... I've almost got Emily to be independent enough to really give me the time I need to be able to make the recipes! :) Your wreath looks great!!

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  2. That is just exquisite. I am so much of a coward when it comes to breads but then I look at your results and think "Wow - so celebratory."

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  3. Beautiful colors Kathy! I almost didn´t make it, but am soooo glad I did. I think it´s one of my favorite sweet doughs ever. Have a great day!

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  4. Love the red and green sugars Kathy! I'm with you on sweet breads. Can't resist. :)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  5. Looks so gorgeous!never tried this..very interesting and inviting. Loved it.

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  6. This is truly awesome, Kathy! I'm sure your family will love it for Christmas morning!

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  7. So pretty and so perfect for Christmas!

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  8. That looks lovely, Kathy! It's perfect for Christmas.

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  9. Kathy, you certainly made a picture perfect and very festive looking Finnish Pulla - I am impressed, it would never have occurred to me to sprinkle the bread wreath with colored sanding sugar and use food coloring on the bow, that must have looked amazing and just right for the season. I am sure that your wreath will make a very impressive appearance on Christmas morning!

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  10. Love the festive colors on your bread Kathy! Thanks for sharing your Aunt Emma's recipe.

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  11. Looks lovely and so Christmas!!!!
    Good idea, it gives wonderful colors!
    Happy Holidays!

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  12. Great job braiding. Your pulla looks so good. I hope it is a big hit for christmas and becomes a new tradition for you. I am definitely going to be making it again.

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  13. Looks wonderful...

    Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com

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  14. It looks to me like you just might have started a new tradition! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  15. Beautiful! It wa great to have on a rainy, dreary day, wasn't it? Have a happy holiday!

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  16. Oh my goodness. I had no clue it was Tue w/Dorie Pulla day. I see all these gorgeous wreaths all over and wish I had mine done the same as yours. Simply beautiful!

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  17. What a great idea with the colors! I too had so much trouble with the bow that I gave up! Yours is so puffy and beautiful. Great step by step pics. (I have the same granite I think!)

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  18. I must say that your bow is worth the extra effort. This is a beautiful Christmas bread. We couldn't leave it alone...disappeared quickly, and each time I snitched a bite I liked it more. I'm seriously considering baking this again bread-wreath for Christmas Day....it's that good. Have a very Merry Christmas and Hope the up coming year is really good for you and your family!

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  19. Your bread looks gorgeous - I love the spots of colour with the sanding sugar.

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  20. Your pulla came out beautiful and is holiday ready!
    I hope the weather is better today (it's been rainy up here too, I am not used to having a green lawn when its almost Christmas).

    "See you" on Friday :-)

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  21. These look lovely, must try this myself. Great photos.

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  22. BEAUTIFUL, Kathy! I love how you "painted" your wreath...so festive!!!

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  23. Your wreath is so beautiful Kathy! In Greece we make something similar called Tsoureki and it is delicious! I am sure you'll love eating it on Christmas Day!

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  24. Your pulla is so beautiful, Kathy! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

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  25. Kathy, I knew your Finnish pulla bread would be gorgeous, I just had to stop by for a look! I just love a bread like this one to celebrate Christmas;-)

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  26. It looks so pretty and festive! I am sure it tastes great too.

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  27. It looks beautiful and festive. Happy Holidays.

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  28. What a beautiful sweet bread! I love homemade bread on Christmas morning too.

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  29. Merry Christmas! It looks so beautiful :)

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  30. Beautiful! Love the plate as well. I spent way too much time on the bow and ended up just laying the strand over itself. Loved this one too! ~Happy Holidays!

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  31. Your bread looks awesome, Kathy! I just didn't have time to make this, but hope to make it over the holiday since I will be off work. I was planning to use some sanding sugar, so I love that you tried it and it worked beautifully!

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  32. Oh, Kathy, what a beautiful and colorful bread wreath. I just know it will be delicious Christmas morning. The square plate is the perfect compliment. I didn't get this made and am disappointed about that. Since everyone says it was not difficult, I may try to make it tomorrow. Have a merry, merry Christmas, Kathy, and may 2013 be happy and healthy for you and your family.

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  33. Gorgeous...I love that whole idea of painting the dough and have never ever done that...you can bet I will try that soon, what a great idea!

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