Today has been a good day! In fact the entire weekend has been nice. I love feeling happy, well and well, just overall good.
Yesterday Mr Siili and I walked to the local shopping center. Mr Siili needed his hair cut (I love how he looks with freshly cut hair), I needed some yeast infection medicine (out with progesterone and in with yeast), we told our sister in law (Mr Siili’s brother’s wife) that I’m pregnant and we bought a bit of food. I ended up taking a 2,5 hour nap in the afternoon. It was a good, lazy day.
Today, I went for a 1 hour and 45 minute walk with a good friend. It was at least -10C outside, sunny and only the tiniest bit of a breeze. Our destination was a little cafe in the woods where forest walkers and skiers alike stop by there for a warming cup of coffee/juice/hot chocolate. It felt so good to be outside and get some fresh air. Although, I’m wondering now if I might have strained my stomach muscles (round ligament pain early?) a bit. My tummy, just below my belly button and spreading out to the sides, is a bit sore when I gently rub it.
After the walk I was so starved that I was feeling a bit sick. I am so thankful we had left overs in the fridge so all I had to do was heat them up. After eating, I still felt a bit off for a while afterward, but that has passed.
During the walk, I told my friend that I’ve just been too lazy to do much of anything, but that I’ve been wanting to make Pulla (Finnish sweat bread) for some time. I told her I was going to make it when I got home, because I didn’t do it yesterday. She laughed at me and said I would probably just lay on the couch and fall asleep. Which, could have happened, but I don’t really like our couch and I didn’t let myself get too comfy when I got home. And I made pulla and korvapuusti (cinnamon buns)!!! This batch of pulla and korvapuusti has got to be the bestest I’ve ever made. They are so fluffy, moist and just all around freakin’ delicious! Especially when they are right out of the oven. I’ve eaten way too many, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ll probably regret eating so many in a bit. hahahaha
Any who, here’s the recipe for Finnish Pulla
- 2.11 cups milk (luke warm)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cardamom (or less to taste)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 (.38 ounce) package active dry yeast (11g) or 1 – 50g cube of active yeast
- 5 1/2 – 6 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/2 – 7/8 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 egg, beaten (egg wash)
- pearl sugar
- Warm the milk in a small saucepan or microwave until 107F (42C). (generously hand warmth temperature) Mix the egg, sugar, cardamom and salt into the milk.
- Mix some of the flour with the yeast and whisk it into the milk mixture.
- Slowly mix in the rest of the flour and towards the end of the flour, add in the room temperature butter. Kneed the dough until it is even smooth and elastic; the dough should be smooth and glossy in appearance.
- Cover the bowl with a lid or towel and and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 40 min – 1 hour.
- Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and kneed out the air bubbles. Depending on what you want to make, determines how you proceed next.
- If you just want pulla (sweet buns), take small/medium (3 inches) pieces of dough and roll them into a ball, then place on a baking paper covered baking sheet.
- If you want korvapuusti (cinnamon buns), divide the dough in half and put one half back in the bowl for a bit. Roll the dough out to a rectangle about 1 foot by 2 feet. Spread some room temperature butter (about 1/2 cup total for all the dough) over the rolled out dough. Sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on top. Roll the dough into a log with the seam on the bottom. Cut the dough at alternating angles so the thinnest part is about 2cm and the thickest part is about 5cm. The put the wide part on the pan and press two fingers in the center of the top part all the way to the pan (it springs back).
- Let rise for 20 minutes. (or not) (The 2nd & 3rd pans will rise while the first is baking.)
- Brush each bun/korvapuusti with egg wash and sprinkle with pearl sugar.
- Bake at 437 degrees F (225 degrees C) for 10 to 15 minutes. Check occasionally because the bottom burns easily.
JustHeather’s Notes: If possible, don’t use all of the flour it calls for. I try to use the lower amount first and if needed, I add a bit more. The dough shouldn’t stick to your hands when it is ready.
You can also make half and half of the pulla and korvapuusti, like I did tonight. You can also make braided loafs, but I’m usually to lazy for that.
I hope you enjoy some fresh pulla, I know I do!