The sun finally came out again. Here the morning fog is slowly disappearing from the lake. Very beautiful. I can report a fox observation from today. One of the girls saw a fox while walking the little road to catch the bus.
But this is the only one I saw that even remotely resembles a fox. She is performing her new trick; if you tell her "Do a corkscrew" she will give you this. You can tell wine is appreciated in this household...
The Pulla recipe: (1 cup is abt 2,4 dl, 1 oz is abt 28,4 g)
5 dl milk - 2.1 cups
50 grams of yeast - if you are using dry yeast, abt 20 grams is enough - 1,76 oz fresh, 0,7 oz dried
1 teaspoon of salt
2 dl of sugar - 0,83 cups
1 tablespoon of cardemum, if you like it
13 -15 dl of wheat flour - 5,4 - 6,25 cups
150 - 200 grams of butter of margarine - 5,3 - 7,0 oz
These above make the dough.
Take all the ingredients to the room temperature before you start baking.
Heat 5 dl of milk to the body temperature. Mix into it the yeast, salt, sugar, egg and cardemum.
Then you add 13 -15 dl of wheat flour little at a time. When you have added almost all flour you mix into the dough 150 - 200 grams of melted but not hot butter or margarine (the yeast will die in hot temperature, body temperature again is a good guide line).
When the dough looks something like this and don't stick into your fingers any more, you let it rest in a warm place so that it will about double the size.
Then divide the dough into halfs or thirds. Spread onto the table. Put some butter, cinnamon and sugar on top. Cut into small strips, wind them and tie a knot or you can roll the whole thing and cut it into small pieces.
Again, let them rest and they will bloom. Before baking these little pullas, give them an egg coating and some more sugar. Bake in the oven 225 C for about 10 minutes or until they become like this.I made half of the dough into little pullas and the rest into a "Bostonkakku" (The Boston Cake). Bostonkakku you bake in lower temperature, maybe 180 C and for a longer period of time.
Why it is called Bostonkakku, that I don't know.
The scent is spreading... Tina was barking outside a while ago demanding to be let in, and the moment I opened the door she spurted into the kitchen... She has a sweet tooth but again, who could resist a warm pulla?
PS. I tried to take pictures of what I have been knitting but they didn't turn out good. Cabling without a cable needle when you are knitting with 2 mm is truly a challenge. My thumb nails are sore. Yes, the Austrian Patterned Stockings. And there are few rows in the Pacific Northwest Shawl too. But more from both of them on Sunday.
PS. Cute can be translated into söpö.