Finnish Pulla


Finnish pulla is a unique bread with a sweet flavor that makes a wonderful holiday gift. It takes about four hours to make, so allow yourself plenty of time.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
3 loaves


  • 2 cups milk

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

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 9 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Warm milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.

  2. Stir together warm water and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir lukewarm milk, sugar, 4 beaten eggs, salt, and cardamom into yeast mixture. Beat in 2 cups flour until combined. Add 3 cups flour and beat until dough is smooth and elastic. Add melted butter; beat until glossy. Mix in remaining flour until dough is stiff.

  4. Transfer dough to a floured surface, cover with an inverted mixing bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.

  5. Knead dough until smooth and satiny, then place in a lightly greased mixing bowl and turn dough to coat. Cover with a dish towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down dough; let rise again until almost doubled, about 1 hour.

  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

  7. Turn dough out again onto a floured surface and divide into 3 equal pieces. Divide each piece into thirds. Roll each piece into a 12- to 16-inch strip. Braid 3 strips into a loaf to get 3 large, braided loaves. Lift loaves onto the prepared baking sheets. Cover with a dish towel and let rise for 20 minutes.

  8. Beat together 1 egg and water in a small bowl. Brush over loaves and sprinkle with sugar.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Check occasionally because the bottoms of loaves can burn quickly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
4g Fat
31g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 69mg 1%

* 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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