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Finnish Name: Pikkupullat

300ml/10fl.oz. Milk (approx)
50g/2oz Fresh Yeast or 25g/1oz Dried Yeast
100g/4oz Butter, melted
1 Egg
175g/6oz Sugar
1 teasp salt
1 tbsp Ground Cardamom
900g/2lb Plain Flour (approx)
Beaten Egg to glaze
Sugar to sprinkle


1. Place the milk in a large saucepan and heat until lukewarm then dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.

2. Stir in melted butter, egg, sugar, salt and cardamom then add enough flour to make a thick mixture and beat until shiny.

3. Add most of the remaining flour to the dough mix as much as possible then turn onto a floured work surface and until smooth and elastic.

4. Form the dough into a ball, place in a large lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size.

5. Turn the risen dough onto a floured surface and shape it into small round buns. Place on baking trays, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise again for about 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220C, 425F, Gas Mark 7.

6. Brush the risen buns with beaten egg, sprinkle with sugar then bake for about 20 minutes.

7. Allow to cool on wire racks.


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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


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Wire Rack


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