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Cardamom Braid with Almonds

"This version of Finnish 'pulla' has always been an important part of our family celebrations," shares Doris Lystila of Townsend, Massachusetts. "This recipe is special because it can be made in a bread machine. Cooks who do not deal well with yeast dough will find that this adaptation is just what they've been looking for."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf


  • 1 cup warm fat-free milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3-3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  • In bread machine pan, place the first eight ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Shape each into a 20-in. rope. Place ropes on a parchment-lined baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg and water; brush over dough. Sprinkle with sugar and almonds. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
Editor's Note
We recommend you do not use a bread machine's time-delay feature for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 141 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • Jim
    Apr 4, 2020

    I was happy to find this recipe as I had not had Pulla in 25 years. The texture was wonderful, however the taste was very disappointing. There was only a slight hint of the wonderful cardamom flavour. After searching for other recipes I believe there is a typographical error in your recipe. I remade it using 1- 2 Tablespoons of ground cardamom rather than 1-2 Teaspoons of cardamom. Now it tastes more the way I remember .

  • moekane
    Apr 30, 2015

    Make this often. Excellent!

  • jlastov1
    Jan 17, 2010

    Delicious! I used the full amount of Cardamom. I will definitely make this recipe again. Thanks.