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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 122 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • peaco
    Nov 10, 2015

    The cardamom is missing from this recipe...That's what makes a finnish braided bread fantastic! I am finnish and we've always had the cardamom in our recipe... So good toasted the next day....Mmmmm.... ;-) Please check out this recipe if you want a great finnish bread recipe...

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    Feb 24, 2010

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