Wednesday, 13 December 2017

13.12. Four Ways to Bake Pulla

Korvapuusti is one of the most traditional Finnish coffee table treats. Warm from the oven these sweet buns (pulla) are super tasty. These can also be put to freezer and then offered as a treat for surprise guests that may visit during the Christmas season. I also made one kanelipitko (cinnamon braid), ruusupulla (rose bun) and hillopulla (jam bun), using the same pastry. You can make these buns vegan if you want, there are tips on the recipe. Fun idea for Christmas is to form four different types of buns from the large pastry.

You will need:

1 L milk (you can use Oatly iKaffe oatmilk if you like)
250 g + 50 g butter (you can use margarine)
2 dl sugar
1 tsp salt
8 g cardamom
50 g yeast
about 2 kg wheat flour
(Jam + baking vanilla sauce)

How to:

Step 1. Mix salt and yeast to a paste. Add sugar, salt and medium warm milk. Mix.

Step 2. Add 250 g soft butter. Start adding flour little by little. When the pastry begins to be too thick to mix with a spoon start working with your hand. Add flour little by little, like you would make a bread. When the pastry doesn't stick to your fingers anymore you can let the pastry rest for 45 minutes covered with a towel.

Step 3. When the pastry is about twice the size you can start making buns. Take a bigger piece from the pastry. Put some flour to the table and roll out the pastry to 0,5-1 cm. Apply warm butter all over the pastry. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of the butter. Roll the pastry and cut buns from it. If you want to make kanelipitko cut the long roll to two (leave 3 cm uncut from the beginning) and twist the halves together. Ruusupulla: Make a bun from the pastry, let it rest and then cut a cross to the middle with scissors. Put butter and sugar to the cross. Hillopulla: Make 8 from the pastry and let rest. Then press two holes and fill with jam and vanilla sauce.

Step 4. Let the buns rest 30 minutes. Preheat the oven 225 Celsius degrees for small buns and 200 degrees for the braid. Egg the buns or mix together water and sugar to make liquid that you can use to brush the buns. Bake buns about 10 minutes and braid about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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