Down to the Wire: Just $6,487 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Finnish Coffee Braid

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 °-115°)
  • 1-1/3 cups lukewarm milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (approximately)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cardamom
  • 1/3 cup soft butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • Confectioners' Sugar Icing (optional) (see recipe)
  • Details

  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Cost: n/a
  • For Ages: n/a
  • Origin: Finland

Also Called: Pulla

This Coffee braid is flavored with cardamon.

DIRECTIONS

Add yeast to warm water; stir until dissolved. Add lukewarm milk. Beat 1 egg and sugar together. Add milk mixture, salt, and some of the flour; stir to mix. Add cardamom and enough more flour to make soft dough. Knead vigorously until thoroughly mixed. Add butter or margarine; knead until dough no longer sticks to sides of bowl. Cover; let rise in warm place (85°) until doubled in bulk — about 45 minutes. Punch down; divide into 3 equal portions. Shape each portion into long strand. Braid strands to form a loaf. Cover; let rise again until doubled in bulk. Brush with a slightly beaten egg. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 350° about 30 minutes or until golden brown and done. Cool, then frost, if desired, with Confectioners' Sugar Icing (see recipe).

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy 11 hours ago
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25