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Laskiaispulla, the Perfect Finnish Baked Bun for shrovetide

Updated: Apr 14, 2023


Laskiainen in the Finnish language (Shrovetide as in Christian tradition) is the start of the Easter period, or more precisely, it would be settling into the Lent period according to the Catholic tradition, and Lutherans usually don’t observe Lent.

However, for most Finns who are secular, although belonging to a Lutheran church, Laskiainen is more about having fun with various outdoor games and enjoying the delicacy dishes of this season.


Photo by Simply Finnoy Mom

These buns, which one can find in food stores in January, February, and March, have charming aspects like a hat, as most kids would call them this way, with cream inside them as well. Sometimes in between the layers of the bun, there is cream and raspberry jam, apple jam, or almond paste.


The bun is like any regular bun with cardamom, which is the key ingredient to giving a wonderful aroma to these buns.


One can find different varieties of these buns in the shops according to the food choices, allergies, or food intolerances, such as gluten- or milk-free versions.


However, if you want to make them yourself at home and enjoy them in your favorite way, it is best to bake any classic bun recipe you like and then fill it with your favorite jam and cream.


But we know that baking buns in the oven at home is quite a long process, and people usually don’t have time to cook them.


 

Cardamom bun Recipe


Ingredients

  • 50 g dry yeast

  • 5 dl milk or almond milk

  • 200 g butter or margarine

  • 2 dl sugar **)

  • 2 tablespoons cardamom (ground)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • approx. 15 dl wheat flour (coarsely ground)

Top:

  • 1 egg

  • almond


Instructions

  1. Mix yeast with the milk

  2. Add eggs, wheat, sugar, cardamom, salt and room temperature butter last.

  3. Let stand for 10-30 minutes until foamy in a cloth.

  4. Cut the dough in small slices and round them like a ball shape.

  5. Mix the egg and brush the egg on top of the bun.

  6. Add almond on top of the bun

  7. Bake the bun in the middle of the oven for 220 degrees about 10-12 minutes or until the buns are golden brown.

  8. Cut the bun in half

  9. Add your favourite jam and cream filling

  10. Put the top of the bun

 

Tips:

However, there is also a faster and easier way to create these delicious buns according to your preferences. One can buy the ready-made classic bun (pulla) from the fresh part of the supermarkets or the freezer, and then fill them with your favorite homemade jam or almond paste and add the cream filling, all in a healthier homemade version.


For example, if you want to fill your buns with a healthy, delicious homemade jam, here is a recipe for you to try: Queens Jam- Kuningatarhillo. If you want to use only raspberry, you can replace the berry mixture of the recipe with raspberry or strawberry alone, which still gives a fantastic result to enjoy these buns.

Or, if you prefer to use applesauce in your buns, here is a delicious recipe that is easy to make.

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