Being European myself, I always love to try new European dessert recipes (showing some pride here!). Finland is a country I’ve never visited, but always been curious about. I recently did a bit of recipe research and happened upon “Pulla” – a traditional sweet, yeast bread that’s perfect paired with a cup of milk, coffee or afternoon tea. It’s delicious and deeply satisfying (especially when it’s warm….mmmmm)!
I decided to put my own little twist on the original recipe by adding a filling of melted butter, cinnamon & brown sugar (2 tbsp of melted butter mixed with 1 tbsp of cinnamon & 1 cup of brown sugar) and rolling the dough into a round “wreath”. I also cut a few slits into the top of my wreath to make it look prettier and exposing some of the filling while it baked. You can also chose to braid your dough and leave the inside plain if you’re not into the sweet filling.
Before I baked the loaf, I generously brushed it with a beaten egg and sprinkled a mixture of salt and sugar, which made for a delicious sweet & salty crust. YUM! This one’s an absolute winner – to me, it’s the Finnish answer to the American cinnamon roll (without being too sweet). I will definitely bake this baby again for the Holidays!
P.S.: I cut the recipe into 1/3 because I only wanted to make 1 loaf instead of 3.