Finnish Pulla

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I don’t know about all of you but I was SO relieved to read the blogs last recipe and see that most people had the same reaction to the Gingerbread cake!!  Ha ha…I was thinking “what did I do wrong!!!!!” 🙂

I love recipes like this one…complete adventure!  I had no idea what Finnish Pulla was, never tasted cardamom, and never braided bread.  To me it is always all about the experience rather than if we even like the end result…it is sure nice when we do though. 🙂  If you would like the recipe, check out Erin’s blog The Daily Morsel.

So, Finnish Pulla…had to look that one up to see what exactly I was making…a mildly sweet roll or dessert bread flavored with cardamom; typically with a shiny brown glaze formed by a coating of egg and milk. 

The recipe calls for the seeds of cardamom which you grind down rather than using the ground up form.  I didn’t have either and happened to see on the P & Q page that a fellow baker was substituting cinnamon and nutmeg instead.  I thought that sounded like a good combination but still wanted to try and find the cardamom.  Wow!!  I had no idea it is one of the most expensive spices there is to bake with…I only saw the ground form but it was $15.99!!!!!  I am all for trying the recipe in it’s true form BUT I didn’t even know if we would like the flavor and then I would be left with a very expesive bottle of a spice I may never use….sooo I went the route of substitution this time.  I used a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves…and I have to say it tasted fantastic!

I thought this dough was pretty easy to work with however I was glad I had lots of experience braiding hair because wrestling with long strands of dough is tough!  Since the holidays are upon us…I did as the recipe recommended making a wreath and tried making the bow…didn’t have, and couldn’t find, pearl sugar so I used my sanding sugar that I use for sugar cookies..seemed to work really well.

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After the Gingerbread Cake we made last time, it was sure nice to try something that tasted good and everyone liked!! 🙂  This one is a keeper.

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13 thoughts on “Finnish Pulla

  1. Haha, I totally agree about the gingerbread cakes. I am so glad this pulla was so good. Great looking wreath. The recipe is definitely a keeper. Oh and you have to try with cardamom! I had never used it before and loved it. I bought the whole pods from a bulk food store for cheap. I think it is cheaper in that form. I got mine for under a dollar and got about 20 or so green pods. (and cracked open 10 pods to make a teaspoons worth….the seeds are small and black) I can understand why it is expensive in ground form, as it takes a lot of pods to make a spice jars worth. Don’t think I’ll be buying it in ground form either.

  2. Now I don’t feel so bad about skipping out on the cakes last time. I had been looking forward to them but ended up going out of town for a few weeks and didn’t get around to making them before leaving. Your wreath looks great!

  3. Is this a keeper? …Well, this recipe definitely is!
    $ 15.99 for cardamom? OMG, it’s so much cheaper in Switzerland (ground and pods).
    You made a very beautiful wreath and thank you for commenting about the gingerbread mini cakes… I felt bad for not baking along.

  4. I really loved this bread too! Wasn’t it so fun and festive? I bought cardamom seeds from a bulk spice wall at our local health food store but I would agree that they were kind of expensive as spics go – $.55 for the nine pods needed for this recipe. The flavor was outstanding though. If you can find them in bulk and only buy what you need, I would definitely recommend giving it a try,

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