Finnish Pulla

Our Tuesdays with Dorie baking group is getting ready for the Holiday season Scandinavian style. Finnish Pulla is our last recipe for 2012!


The name sounds quite exotic, doesn’t it? Pulla is a sweet cardamom spiced bread that is traditionally braided, sprinkled with pearl sugar, and served for breakfast.

Instead of using white sugar in the dough I opted for Bob’s Red Mills date sugar. After I rolled the dough into a large rectangle, I sprinkled it with ½ cup dried cranberries, soaked overnight in Marsala wine, ½ cup almonds, orange zest. I rolled the dough and I cut it in half lengthwise and I braided the two strands.


We loved the cardamom kick! The bread reminds me of a traditional Easter bread that we make. Maybe this is why I have the feeling that Spring is around the corner although I am planning snowshoeing hikes and ski trips 🙂

Please visit Erin from The Daily Morsel who is hosting the recipe for this Finnish delight.

Wishing you a happy holiday season filled with peace, love, happiness, and delicious food wherever you might be!


20 thoughts on “Finnish Pulla

  1. Teresa says:

    We enjoyed this bread so much – I have only a tiny piece left, now. Happy Holidays!

  2. Liz says:

    I love your tweaks! What a beautiful holiday loaf!!!

  3. Wowza! You really dressed this one up and it looks terrific! Great idea on the cranberries and orange zest on the inside. Did you do some kind of twist instead of an actual braid? It looks just lovely!

  4. SandraM says:

    Okay, you totally pumped up the Pulla!! Oh my, your bread looks incredible! The additions you made are great. Makes me want to get in the kitchen right now and make another one with your extras. Great job!! The kick of orange zest much have worked so well with the cardamom.

  5. alrite.. loved all your fillings in the bread!! and love the look of your bread.. after you had posted the technique earlier on the board.. was keen to see how it would turn out.. beautiful!!

  6. Looks beautiful and great choice of add-ins! Enjoy your snow trips…sounds fun!

  7. Perfect additions, it looks so good! I´ll be making this again with some add-ins too.

  8. Julia says:

    I love your additions. I was thinking raisins would be nice. Next time!

  9. Your bread looks delicious! Love your add-ins!

  10. Ckay says:

    Is there something yummier than a Finnish Pulla?
    Yes, a Finnish stuffed Pulla!
    Well done, it’s amazing.

  11. The date sugar and cranberries are delicious additions to this bread. We have a similar recipe in our family and love it.

  12. Your Pulla looks wonderful, I love your additions!
    Thanks, I keep this idea for the next time!
    Happy Holidays!

  13. smarkies says:

    love the twisty first picture – it certainly looks delicious! great addition of the cranberries to make it more festive.

  14. The additions look great and I love the braiding technique. I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  15. Andrea says:

    Your additions to the traditional Finnish Pulla sound fabulous and, of course, your bread looks wonderful – I am sure it was quite delicious and very festive tasting!

  16. You always have the best ideas for add-ins! Sounds delicious and looks beautiful!

  17. Ferda says:

    I love how you alternate the recipes.. This one also looks delicious.. In Turkey, they sell a pastry called Easter Bread, this reminded me of that too.. But the cardamom made it much better 🙂 Happy holidays, all the best to you too..

  18. That looks amazing! Great job and happy holidays!

  19. Cathleen says:

    Wow! Sounds delicious – and it is beautiful to boot! ~Happy Holidays!

  20. Your loaf really looks good! Enjoy!

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