Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Voisilmäpulla - Finnish Butter Eye Buns#eattheworld

    I joined a new facebook group Eat the world Recipe challenge on June 2019 . It was the group of bloggers cook recipe of our choice from a country randomly chosen on 12 th of the previous month and we has to post the recipe by 10 th of the month.

 Eat the world recipe challenge - cooking from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. This month's country selected was Finland. Check the group's link here.

 Finnish cuisine is generally combining traditional country fare and haute cuisine with contemporary continental style cooking. Finnish foods often use wholemeal products like rye , barley , oats and berries such as bilberries , lingonberries , cloudberries and sea buckthorn.

  Pulla , a sweet cardamom flavoured bread eaten with coffee or as dessert. The pulla are shaped to different shapes one of thi shape is this butter eye buns. The buns resemble eye shape and Recipe is adapted from here.

   Butter eye Buns (Voisilmäpulla)  are made with a cardamom - scented dough and a filling of butter and sugar erupts from the golden top leaving a sweet crunch on top. Use pearl sugar crystals which makes the buns look beautiful. I used normal size sugar . You can use flaked almonds also or leave the buns as plain. 

   To create the eruption on top of the buns , cold cubed butter is inserted into the buns just before it is baked.

  When baked with the frozen butter cube in the middle , butter melts while baking and the melted butter stays in the middle dent of the buns , which gives the eye appearance , hence the name Butter eye buns .
  I baked the first batch of buns at 200*C it caused the eyes to darken like a dark circle around the eyes. Then baked the second batch at 180*C , It was baked well.

 The buns tasted delicious with the cardamom flavour. I made the buns as eggless, if you want to add egg , add an egg to the dough and can give egg wash before baking.

Requirements :
225 ml milk
500 g all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbs active dry yeast
1 tbs ground cardamom
75 g sugar
50 g unsalted butter cut into cubes of 1 cm and chilled
50 g caster sugar
 Pearled sugar to decorate
 Boil the milk and let it reach to lukewarm , add the butter and mix well.

 In a bowl , add the flour , ground cardamom , yeast , sugar and mix well.
Add the milk and salt , mix well. Once the dough has come together , knead it for 10 minutes until it becomes soft and smooth.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl , cover with a towel and keep in a warm place.
Once the dough is doubled , punch the air out . Divide the dough into 12 equal sized and roll each into ball. Let the buns double for another 30 minutes. 

 Once the buns are doubled , just before baking , make a depression in the centre of each bun and place the butter cube in it. In some recipes , they sprinkle ground cardamom along with the sugar on the butter cube......

 I brushed the buns with melted butter and sprinkled sugar on the butter cube and on the sides of the bun. You can use egg wash for browning of the buns.

 If using pearled sugar scatter some around each bun, but I used normal sugar.

Bake in a preheated oven @ 180*C for 15 to 20 minute or until the bread turns golden and the butter bubbling.

Cool on a wire rack and serve. Voisilmäpulla are ready to serve. Enjoy this cardamom flavoured butter eye buns with your coffee........

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  1. I have a friend that introduced me to pulla bread and I love the cardamom flavor so I can't wait to try this bread as well.

  2. Oh my goodness. That eye of butter looks amazing. I love that you put the butter in the middle of the dough before baking.

  3. Yum! Love that addition of butter!