Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Delicious homemade laskiaispulla (semla)

First of all I have to say that the most common and traditional pastry in Finland is called "pulla". Pullas are sold EVERYWHERE, and they are really lovely. It's basically a cardamom-spiced wheat bun, which can have different shapes and filled with various types of jams, creams etc.

However, to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, Finnish people eat a special type of pulla: laskiaispulla. A much yummier version filled with raspberry jam (or almond paste) and whipped cream. The top can be also covered with almond chips or pearl sugar.

Of course every shop sells laskiaispulla, but there's nothing better than homemade ones, like these:

If you want to make these delicious buns, here's what you need:

 (butter and salt are missing from the photo)

Ingredients for the dough (about 20 small pulla):
  • 5 dl milk
  • 50 g yeast
  • 1-2 ts salt
  • 2 dl sugar
  • 1 tbs cardamom seeds
  • 1 egg
  • about 15 dl flour
  • about 150 g butter
For the filling and topping:
  • 1 egg
  • raspberry jam (or strawberry jam, or almond paste)
  • whipped cream
  • almond chips or pearl sugar

Melt yeast into lukewarm milk. Add salt, sugar, cardamom seeds and egg. Add then flour little by little mixing well. Melt the butter and pour it and keep mixing. Let the dough rest under a cover in a warm and draft less place.
After about half hour, or when the dough doubled its volume, drop it on the table and mold from it small round buns.

(yes this picture is quite blurry...)

Let the buns rest covered for about 15 minutes.
Beat the egg in a bowl with fork until yolk and white are well mixed and brush the buns, add pearl sugar or almond chips on top if you like.
Bake in 225°C pre-heated oven for about 5-10 minutes. When they're cooled down, slice them in two horizontally, make small holes in the bottom layers and fill them with some jam. Spray whipped cream all around the jam, and put their "hat" back on.

They're ready to be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee!


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