in our family dear hubby is the baker and i am the cook. he is much better at the meticulous measuring and the precision the finicky details need. one of dear hubby’s specialties are KORVAPUUSTIT. they’re a finnish version of the always tasty cinnamon bun.
my mom told dear hubby that my mummo would have been impressed with his korvapuusti, as his taste as good as hers did. i think he has a knack for making them because he follows the directions to a “T”, it says knead dough for 10 minutes and he does, throwing his upper body into the movement to really get the ingredients interacting.
for father’s day dear hubby and the boys baked away for a few hours. bear suggested putting some apple in, which to our delight tasted amazing! these are delightful to make as you can choose the sizes of the individual puusti and get the kids involved.
here’s the recipe from a cookbook of traditional finnish recipes by an american woman who married a finn. the recipe is quite good. let me know if you try them!
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups scalded whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
11/2 tsp salt
6-7 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cinnamon sugar
* or get creative and use nuts, fruit, dried fruit, jams, spreads etc.
– dissolve the yeast in the water and add the milk, sugar, salt, and half of the flour. mix vigorously for one minute.
– stir in butter and enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
– knead until smooth, about 10 minutes
– place dough in greased bowl and let rise in a warm location until size has doubled. may take up to 2-3 hours depending on current temperature.
– pre-heat oven to 375 F
– roll out half the dough into a 12 by 18 inch rectangle.
– spread with butter (DH melts butter and brushes it on) and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
– roll rectangle firmly into a log roll.
– cut roll diagonally to make triangular:ish pieces and press down on centre of each korvapuusti spreading out the cut ends.
– glaze each korvapuusti with egg.
– place rolls onto greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
– do the same with the other half of the dough.