This is a sweet bread from Finland and has much to recommend it.



  • 1tsp to 1tbsn (according to taste) of ground cardomon
  • 6 cups of bread flour (if one of them is wholemeal that would be good)
  • Yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • salt
  • 11/2 cups of warm milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup butter softened in the milk
  • 2 eggs



Make a dough with the above in the usual manner and allow to rise to about double volume

Divide into three portions and then divide each of those into three as well

Roll each small ball of dough in ropes about 16″ long – then plait them together and tuck the ends under

Brush on an egg glaze and sprinkle with sliced almonds and, optionally, chopped crystallised ginger pieces

Allow to rise for 20-30 minutes

Cook at 350F for 20-25 minutes



Eat warm with butter and honey



I believe that this  is the “traditional” recipe, but it might be worthwhile to put the ginger in the dough and not on the top as it has a high sugar content and tends to burn.