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Bread Machine Pulla

No recipe image available.Pulla, a traditional Finnish coffee bread, is a braided, cardamom-scented bread, topped with sugared sliced almonds. Makes a wonderful holiday gift, too.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
4 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast

Glaze:
1 large egg white beaten with 2 teaspoons water
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place all dough ingredients in bread machine pan in order according to manufacturer. Choose dough setting. When dough is ready, take out and punch down.
  2. Cut into 3 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a rope about 20-inches long. On a greased baking sheet, braid the ropes, tucking ends under. Cover and set in warm place to rise until doubled.
  3. Brush dough with egg wash. Sprinkle with almonds and then with sugar.
  4. Bake in preheated 375°F (190°C) oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

Makes 1 loaf.