Saturday, February 12, 2011

We had a baking day with the kids. We made pulla!
It's a traditional Finnish coffee bread with gardamon.

have a bite!

You need:

5 dl milk
50 g yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 dl sugar
1 table spoon ground gardamon
1 egg
about 12-14 dl white flour
150 g butter or margarine

Melt the yeast to lukewarm water. Add salt, sugar, gardamon and egg. Add flour little by little, beat until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add soft butter or margarine in the end. Kneed well. Don't make the dough too hard. You can also leave some of the flour to mix it in when you bake.

can you see how it's cut?

Cover and leave to rest/rise in a warm place until doubled (20 min). Knead the dough to get the air out. And bake what ever shape buns you want. Let the buns rise in a warm place until doubled. Brush with egg and sprinkle with sugar.
The big round one I made is filled up with butter and sugar and rolled , then made as a loop. Then made cuts with scissors every one or two cm and bended the pieces left and right, left and right.. etc.. Lol maybe yall need a drawing  :D

Bake at 200-225 'celsius (about 400F) for 20 to 30 minutes. Check occasionally because the bottom burns easily.

the kids made these ♥ i let them use their own imagination :P
this is how to fill up for the loop or for sister pulla
sister pulla before oven
sister pulla
braid pulla

What a winter..

It's been a while since I'ne been posting. It's been kinda busy winter.. We have a lot of snow and the kids want to play out every day.. Today is so cold though, that I think we will stay in.

The kids are doing good alhamdulilah. Donjana is on the second grade and has good marks at school and Deena is enjoying pre-school and is about to learn how to read. I can't believe she is going on the first grade in the autumn this year. Nader is still at home, but I'm planning to put him to day care for half day next season.

Here's some pictures of what we've been up to the last couple of months:

We love to put some candles in the snow

We've been sledding.. The kids are a bit bored to do it lately though. This winter is tooooo long!

We made a masjid from ginger bread

We really have a lot of snow this year.

We've been ice-skating a few timess. We should go more often..

Had some fireworks

The kids have been skiing.. I havent: my gear is at mom's summer house. It's almost 30 years old anyway.. I'm not so into skiing anymore :D

We have made snow men, snow horses, castles..

Nader turned 5 and had some friends over. I made him this cake.

InshaAllah I will be back soon to post more about our lives! I need to get on the posting mood again! Winter is making me lazy, but spring is coming inshaAllah!