Finnish Pulla Bread
By Nikki Willhite
has that special favorite recipe that has been handed down from generation
came to this country in the early 1900's when my brave grandmother,
at the young age of 14, left her homeland in Finland and set sail for
This Recipe is for experienced
Making bread is an acquired skill (at least without a bread
machine). There are so many things you have to know in order for your bread to
However, once you master bread making, you can take any recipe
and use your own technique you have perfected in mixing the dough and baking the
bread. Finnish Bulla bread is a wonderfully sweet bread, without the heavy icing
you find on most sweet rolls. It is hard to eat just one piece of it. It is
My family begs me to make it all the time, but I make it only as
a special treat, as it is made from all white flour, and is a very heavy bread.
The dough is so heavy, it takes all day for it to rise.
I put this recipe in my web page because it is delicious, and
some of you might want to try it. Because of the complexity of bread making, I
will just list the ingredients, and you can use your own technique for mixing
and kneading the dough.
2 Cups Milk
2 Packages Yeast
1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
1 1/2 Cube Butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
9 1/2 Cups Flour
After Mixing the Ingredients, and kneading at least 10 minutes,
you will have your usual first rising. Then, after you punch the dough down,
shape it into 3 braids. Let it rise again, and then bake it for 30-40 minutes at
350 degrees, or until done. (Remember, ovens vary in temperature, and different
cooking temperatures affect the crust).
When you take the loaves out of the oven, immediately scald them
with hot milk or coffee, or spread butter all over them. Then take a handful of
sugar and thoroughly cover the crust by sprinkling sugar on it.
As soon as the loaves cool down a bit, put them in a plastic
bag, and the crust will turn soft. Do not put them in the bags until they have
cooled a bit, or the bread will be soggy.
This Bread takes all day to rise,
but what a treat!