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Finnish Bread

 Finnish Bread
This recipe was brought over from Finland by pioneers who settled the area. We make this bread for a local festival that features foods from different countries.
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add whole wheat flour, 2
  • tablespoons of butter, brown sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour; beat
  • until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch the dough down. Shape into two 6-in. rounds; place on a greased
  • baking sheet. Cut slashes in top with a knife. Cover and let rise in
  • warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with
  • remaining butter. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 122 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 217 mg sodium,

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Finnish Bread (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.