Yes, I know I am late. But at least I did it.
This Finnish Pulla is a beautiful loaf of bread. I have a lot of experience making Challah, so braiding this loaf was easy. And the hint of cardamon and sugar was a nice touch.
Today’s recipe is hosted by Erin of the Daily Morsel. To see the other food bloggers participating in this Tuesday with Dorie challenge, click here. This recipe is found in the book Baking with Julia, edited by Dorie Greenspan.
I made the bread yesterday evening. I crushed the insides of 10 green cardamon pods for this recipe. My daughter, L, thought this was a perfect time to knead and flatten her Play-doh into a disc, while using my unbleached flour to prevent sticking on the countertop. She has learned a lot since cooking with me. : )
Everything went pretty much like the recipe said, except that I had to use about 6 1/2 cups of flour to make my dough “stiff but not dry”. I was not sure why I needed so much more flour. But then this morning, as I was walking my dog, it occurred to me that I made a big mistake. I had warmed up about 1 cup of water in the microwave, with the thought that I would scoop out 1/4 cup to dissolve with the yeast. But when the time came to do this, I forgot and dumped all the water into my mixer bowl. This is why I needed so much flour.
I don’t think the taste suffered from this additional water and flour. It was still quite good, and really beautiful when shaped into a heart. I chose this shape instead of the traditional wreath shape.
And even more beautiful when baked.
We come back with Tuesdays with Dorie in January with Pizza with Onion Confit and a French Apple Tart. I love making tarts. Check back soon!