Cooking and baking doesn’t always mean that I have to make a complicated dish from a complicated cook book, by a famous chef. For me, cooking is also entertainment and making people around me happy about good food. Today I decided to make a very classic Finnish baked good, called pulla, aka cinnamon or butter bun. They’re just delicious and everone loves them. It’s a safe bet to bake these buns! The person who makes the best buns in the world is my mother – hands down! ❤
A few things that should be taken into consideration is though that you should never put too much flour into the dough, since it easily becomes very dry then. Leave it rather a bit too sticky when leaving it to set. Another thing is that you really shouldn’t try to make this pastry “light”, since that will only diminish the beautiful taste and in the end it will never become that light. As a last hint – Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
Try the recipe and enjoy. The classic way is to serve the buns with a cold glass of milk. The recipe I have used is by Sunnuntai.
PS. If you wonder why the uncooked buns look a bit flat in one of the pictures, the reason is my lovely boyfriend. He put the pan with the buns on a chair and decided to sit on it. Twice! 😀
1/2 l milk
2 dl sugar
2-4 tsp cardamom
1 tsp salt
2 bags of dried yeast
14-16 dl flour
200 g butter
on the top: a beaten egg, small sugar pieces, cinnamon, sugar
1. Heat the milk until 42 C (well above hand temperature).
2. Add the eggs, sugar, cardamom and salt.
3. In a different bowl, mix a tad of flour and the dried yeast, and add the mix to the milk-mixture.
4. Add the rest of the flour and the soft butter.
5. Work the dough with your hand until it’s elastic and shining.
6. Leave it to set for about 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
7. Put the dough on a table with flour and knead all the air bubbles out.
8. Split the dough into to pieces.
9. Make a bar out of the first dough.
10. Cut it into small equal pieces and roll them into balls.
11. Push a hole in the centre and fill it with a mixture of butter and sugar.
12. Take the other dough and make it into a flat cake with a rolling pin.
13. Spread a thin layer of butter, sugar and cinnamon on top of the dough.
14. Roll it and cut into small pieces that you the form into cinnamon buns.
15. Brush both the butter and cinnamon buns with egg and decorate with sugar.
16. Bake the buns in 225 C for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
17. Enjoy with cold milk!