Finnish Nissua

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Nissua is a tender Finnish sweet bread made with cardamom. This bread is formed into braided loaves or wreaths, and topped with a simple frosting.

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Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
3 to 1 - pound loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk

  • ½ cup margarine

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • ½ cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 7 ½ cups bread flour

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons milk

Directions

  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Stir in the margarine, sugar and salt until melted. Let cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pour milk mixture into a large bowl. Beat in eggs, 1 1/2 cup flour, cardamom and yeast mixture. Cover and let stand for 20 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly.

  3. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal pieces and then divide each piece into thirds. Roll out with your hands until the pieces are long enough to braid. Braid three pieces together to form a loaf; repeat twice to make three loaves. Place on lightly greased baking sheets and let rise for 40 minutes, until nearly doubled. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. In a small bowl, mix together butter and confectioners' sugar. Stir in vanilla and 2 teaspoons milk to make a spreadable frosting. Spread the frosting over the cooled bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

216 Calories
5g Fat
37g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 216
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 78mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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