Monday, December 5, 2011

My Miniature Pulla

Originated from Finland, Pulla is a mildly-sweet bread made with cardamom seeds and sometimes with raisins or sliced almonds. It is usually made as braided loaf and in the form of a ring shape during the Christmas season.

With the addition of saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, this luxurious version of Pulla is simply fantastic. I'm happy that the saffron used on my "petite-sized" Pulla had produced fruitful results. These breads are very soft and delicious and I love every single bite of them.

saffron bread Finnish pulla

Here's the recipe from the book, The Bread Book by Sara Lewis
(with my modification in blue)

large pinch of saffron threads
275ml hand-hot water
12 cardamom pods (replaced with 1 tsp of ground cardamom)
475g strong white flour
3 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dried yeast
4 tbsp honey
1 egg, beaten
egg yolk, to glaze
50g piece orange citron peel, cut into thin strips (I didn't add this)

To make this bread with a breadmaker:

Put the saffron into a bowl with the measured water and leave to infuse for 30 min or until cold. 

Peel the green pods off the cardamom and grind the black seeds using a pestle and mortar. (I didn't do this)

Life the tin out of the bread machine, fit the kneader blade then add saffron and the (now tepid) soaking water, ground cardamom, butter cut into pieces, beaten egg and honey. Spoon in the flour then add the salt. Make a dip in the center of the flour and add the yeast.

Insert the tin into the bread machine. Shut the lid and set to dough or enriched dough. Press start.

At the end of the program, life the tin out of the machine, tip the dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Knead well then cut into 3 pieces (see my note for smaller size breads). Shape each piece into a rope about 37 cm long. Plait the ropes together.

Lift the plait on to a large greased baking sheet and shape into a round, tucking the ends of the rope underneath so that the plait looks continuous. Cover loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place to rise for 40 min.
Remove the clingfilm. Brush the ring with the egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp of water, sprinkle with orange strips (I didn't sprinkle the bread of this) and bake in a preheated oven, 200°C for 20 min until the bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped with the fingertips. Check after 10 min and cover with foil if over-browning. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Note: Using half the recipe, I've baked 4 of these miniature-sized Pulla. To shape, I've divided the dough into 12 pieces and shaped them accordingly. My Pulla were lightly sprinkled with demerara sugar after egg wash, just before baking them at 200°C fan forced for 15 min.

Happy Baking
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  1. These look so pretty and delicious, so soft and fluffy! The saffron gives the bread a very lovely color!

  2. Wow! This is awesome! I live with my boyfriend's family...who are all Finnish! So this is very exciting! I cant wait to try it :D Thank you for the recipe!! :D

  3. You got me at Cardamom. I am so in love with this spice, I can't say it enough. And another plus .... using a bread machine! I know a lot of folks turn up their noses at using the machine, but I think it's so much more efficient and practical for me, I have no time for snobbery. Very pretty rolls!

  4. Your breads always look AMAZING! This is no exception. It looks perfect. Nice job!

  5. havent come across saffron in bread and your bread looks absolutely gorgeous, very beautiful plaited!

  6. One of your gorgeous-looking bread yet ;) It looks so soft and perfectly-baked ! You got me thinking of buying that machine tsk :P :D

  7. Omg, pulla looks incredible and beautifully done..

  8. I love braided breads, not just because they look nice, but because they're often associated with some festive season :) I've never heard of Pulla before, but this looks so pretty and tasty! And the texture looks amazing too!

  9. This bread looks amazing!Have a lovely week,dear!

  10. Pulla looks so lovely. Great recipe.

  11. Uh.. love the clicks. It looks so soft. With cardamom and saffron it must have smelled heavenly. Thnx for stopping by my blog. Happy to know you too. :o)

  12. I can see how fluffy they are and I am sure they tasted heavenly! I have never heard of these pulla but I am keeping this recipe to try them in the future!

  13. Zoe these look absolutelly beauty:)look delicious:)

  14. How beautiful are these mini pulla! The spices you put in sounds so divine. I only have confidence making bread with a bread machine so I should try this lovely recipe.

  15. You know how much I love mini sized baked treats. Those breads looks fantastic.

  16. Wow, this bread is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. If only I could afford saffron :)

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  18. Very unique ingredients, and it has got the looks too ;)

  19. Wow! Another bread that looks perfect! You are the Queen of bread. I hope your Dec is going well so far. :)

  20. Wow, Zoe, these look delicious! I've never heard of this before but it's definitely something I want to try!

  21. Your photos & over-all blog lay-out is always stunning!