I was really looking forward to making this beautiful braided bread! It's Scandinavian heritage reminds me of my own Norwegian family, and the recipe is familiar.
Cardamom, almonds, and pearl sugar all remind me of the other Norwegian breads I've made. My mom's recipe for crepe-like pancakes, as well as her recipe for Skillingsbolle, are both spiced with cardamom. The scent and flavor instantly remind me of her!
The dough for this beautiful bread is remarkably easy to made and handle. Milk is scalded and cooled slightly, then added to a butter-and-egg-rich batter of all purpose flour, yeast, a little sugar, and cardamom. Additional flour is added to made a beautiful dough. (The recipe calls for cardamom pods, when you remove and crush the seeds. I had ground cardamom on hand, so I used that instead.)
The dough was slow to rise the first time in my cool kitchen. However, it was a dream to handle, forming a long braid and twisted into a wreath.
After the second rise, I still had hope for a successful yeast bread!
The braid is brush with an egg wash, then sprinkled with sliced almonds and pearl sugar.
After baking, the bread has risen even more, resulting in a gorgeous golden bread! It's BIG, about 18 inches in diameter. Perfect for a crowd on Christmas morning!
Sliced, the bread is lightly sweet, soft on the inside, and slightly crunchy on the outside from the sugar and nuts. Perfect with a smear of butter and a cup of coffee.
Today's Tuesdays With Dorie host is Erin of The Daily Morsel. Please visit her blog for the complete recipe, and also for some beautiful photos that will guide you step-by-step in making this Finnish Pulla. Enjoy!