Our school’s Highland Games take place tonight. The kids are high as kites and the corridors are mayhem. I’m taking a little breather before venturing out again into the partly assembled tents and stalls which are filling up the sport’s field.
Being a slightly more confident baker than last June, my donations to the cake stall this year include Holler’s mum’s fruitcake, Johanna’s grubs, white chocolate & walnut brownies, Scottish Tiffin, lemon poppy seed loaf and various forms of Finnish pulla.
Pulla is a Finnish sweet bread made with cardamon and traditionally eaten with coffee. It takes many forms and (after making the basic dough) I tried to recreate three: voisilmspullat, korvapuusti and normal pulla. The latter is a simple braided loaf. Voisilmapullat means “butter eyed rolls” and is a cardamon bun baked with a butter filled dent in the centre. Korvapuusti, which means “slapped ear”, are my favourites and are huge spiral cardamon buns filled with a sugary cinnamon butter.
I’m reasonably happy with what I’ve created – it was my first try, afterall – but I won’t post the recipe until I’ve perfected them. Hopefully later in the summer.