Finnish Christmas Bread - Joululeipä Recipe
Finnish Christmas Bread - Joululeipä
Flavors of Finland
Total time: more than 2 hours

Preparation time: 30 minutes
+ 90 minutes rising time
Baking time: 40 minutes
Oven temperature: 200° C (400° F)

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Can be frozen

For 3 loaves

- 1 liter (4 cups) buttermilk
- 50 g (2 oz.) yeast
- 200 ml (3/4 cup) Molasses
- 2 tbsp. grated bitter orange zest
- 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 800 ml (3 1/4 cups) rye flour
- 400 ml (1 1/2 cups) graham flour
- 100 ml (6 tbsp.) wheat flour
  1. Warm the buttermilk; 
  2. crumble in the yeast and add the molasses and spices; 
  3. mix in the flours and knead well; cover and let rise. If the kitchen is drafty, place the covered bowl in a pan of hot water. 
  4. divide the dough into three and form into round loaves; place the loaves in a warm place to rise; prick with a fork before placing in the oven; bake for about 40 minutes. 
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