Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pulla

We have been so lucky that Rob's advisor at the university is young, energetic and speaks excellent English! Heidi has been our "in-country" guide since we arrived, helping us to navigate Finnish culture, customs and traditions.

Since it was ski week last week, Heidi came to our house to make pulla with the kids! Pulla is a traditional cardamom-flavored bun and you can get it almost everywhere--the grocery store, the bakery, cafes, restaurants....

finished pulla


The kids hated pulla at first. It looks like a cinnamon roll, but it's not frosted and it isn't quite as sweet as the American cinnamon roll. I think their tastebuds were expecting one thing and what they got was something completely different so they decided they didn't like it. However, I knew that if they helped Heidi make pulla, they would love it. And you know what? I was right!

heidi mixes pulla


After Heidi made the dough (a basic yeast dough with the addition of quite a bit of roughly ground cardamom), the kids got to work the dough.

sam kneads dough


joey kneads


lily rolls dough


Then, Heidi added (generous) amounts of butter...

add butter


...cinnamon...

add cinnamon


and sugar!

add sugar


Then it's time to roll all of those goodies inside the dough

roll the dough


These are Lily's pulla. I like this photo because you can see how coarsely ground the cardamom is.

cardamon flecks


After cutting the rolled up log, an egg wash and some coarse sugar sprinkles (it looks like pretzel salt, but it's actually coarse sugar that doesn't melt), they are oven-ready.

raw pulla

And let me tell you, the smell in our apartment was heavenly for two days!


5 comments:

  1. I love pulla and bake it every once in a while! Did you guys taste any "laskiaispulla" on Shrove Tuesday, also called "Sledding Tuesday" when people eat pulla that is split in the middle and filled with raspberry jam or almond paste (or both) and a generous amount of whipped cream? I'm glad to hear that your kids ended up liking pulla. They had to after all that work, right:-D The smell of pulla is so good that realtors recommend baking pulla on the morning of an open house when people are trying to sell their house. I guess the same type of homey scent that Americans associate with just baked chocolate chip cookies.

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    1. Hi jonna,

      Yes, We all tried the cream-filled pulls the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday. It was good, but I think we still like the cinnamon kind better!

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    2. Hi jonna,

      Yes, We all tried the cream-filled pulls the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday. It was good, but I think we still like the cinnamon kind better!

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  2. OMG that sounds amazing! Please tell me that you wrote down the recipe so that we can make it when you get back. I LOVE cardamom!

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  3. There's also another great bun called voisilm├Ąpulla (ButterEyeBun)http://www.nurmisulonen.fi/kuvat/Voisilmapulla.jpg

    This recipe is not original, but it's already translated in english if you want to try it out.
    http://www.food.com/recipe/finnish-butter-eye-buns-voisilm-pulla-326192

    By the way... Pulla is just a general name for buns. Those you've made look more like korvapuusti (Slap In the Ear) there's really no good translation for it.

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