A traditional Finnish recipe, of cardamom flavoured bread.

Pulla is a kind of dessert, not very sweet, flavoured with cardamom and decorated with flaked almonds. It is usually served with tea or coffee. It can be baked as a large braided loaf or individual small brioches.

Pulla Bread


Pulla Bread
  • Melt the butter in a pan then add milk. Warm the mixture. Do not boil.
  • Beat the egg in a separate bowl then add the warm milk and butter mixture.
  • Add sugar, cardamom, and salt.
  • Add the yeast.
  • Gradually mix in the flour.
  • Knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes until it becomes elastic and smooth.
  • Put the dough in a lightly buttered bowl.
  • Cover with a cling film and leave to prove for 2 hours.
  • Knead the dough for 2 minutes then shape as desired (a large braided loaf or as small brioches).
  • Place on a parchment paper, or in the tin.
  • Leave to prove for 30 minutes.
  • Brush the bread with lightely whisked egg and sprinkle some flaked almonds.
  • Bake 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 190°C.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Serve sliced, with a good coffee.


  • Calories: 125
  • Carbohydrates: 23.2g
  • Cholesterol: 17mg
  • Fat: 1.9g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 3.6g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Sodium: 115mg
  • Sugar: 3.9g

Pulla Bread