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“When the United-States purchased Alaska in 1867, many inhabitants of Finland left to settle in southern British Columbia. This explains why this Finnish recipe comes from Haley, BC.”
4hrs 30mins
3 loaves

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat milk until it is just under boiling point.
  2. Pour into a large bowl and add 1/2 cup of sugar, salt, butter, and cardamom.
  3. Stir until butter is melted.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. In the meantime, dissolve 1 teaspoon of sugar into warm water.
  6. Sprinkle yeast on top.
  7. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  8. Then, stir vigorously with a fork and add to warm milk, along with the eggs.
  9. Add vigorously 2 cups of flour.
  10. Then, add 3-31/2 cups of flour.
  11. Work last part of flour with a rotating movement of the hand.
  12. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead 8-10 minutes.
  13. Place dough in a large, generously greased, bowl.
  14. Turn over in bowl so that surface of dough is completely greased.
  15. Cover with wax paper and a damp cloth and set aside until volume has doubled (about 2 hours).
  16. Punch the dough to deflate it and divide into 3 portions.
  17. Divide each portion in 3, roll out into sticks 15 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. Braid.
  18. Repeat with two other portions.
  19. Place braids on greased cookie sheets, cover, and set aside until volume has doubled (about 1h15min).
  20. Bake 30-35 minutes at 375F .
  21. Delay 2 tablespoons of sugar into hot coffee.
  22. Brush over the bread as soon as you take it out from the oven.
  23. Sprinkle with sugar.

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