Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pulla - Finnish Cardamom Bread

I have been spelling cardamom wrong for the past month!
Since I love it so much, I should probably spell it correctly.
Cardamom is a rich and decadent spice.
It adds flavor depth.
Ok Recipe.
This recipe is from The Winter Vegetarian by Darra Goldstein.
It's a great book.
But I think there is something wrong with this recipe.
She says to add between 7 to 8 cups of flour and knead the dough.
I added 8 cups of flour and had batter.
There was no possible way to knead it - I tried.
I added some more flour, but it was still to soft to knead.
Which is fine!
Egg/milk bread shouldn't be kneaded.
But then how much flour is necessary?
Who knows!
Someday I want to work this recipe out, but for now here is the recipe from The Winter Vegetarian
Finnish Cardamom Bread - Pulla
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon plus 3/4 cup sugar
2 cups lukewarm milk
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cardamom
12 Tbs. butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted
4 eggs
7 to 8 cups flour
1 egg white, lightly beaten
3 Tbs. pearl or colored sugar
Dissolve the yeast in the water with 1 tsp. of sugar until bubbly. Stir in the milk, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, salt,cardamom, melted butter, eggs and 4 cups of the flour. Beat well. Gradually add just enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 mins. (Good luck with that!)
Place the dough in a large greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and leave to rise until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down the dough and let rise again until nearly doubled, about 1 hour.
Divide dough into 3 pieces. Divided each piece into 3 balls of equal size. Roll each ball out between your hands into a rope about 12 in. long. Braid 3 ropes together, turning the ends under. Place the loaf on a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Cover the loaves and leave them to rise until slightly puffy, 20 to 30 mins.
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Brush the loaves with the beaten egg and sprinkle them with the sugar.
Bake for 25 to 30 mins.

I obviously didn't braid them.
I made 4 round loaves instead.

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