December 10, 2013

Joululimppu - Finnish Christmas Bread

Perhaps another 30C day wasn't the best choice for baking bread (or anything else for that matter), but I just had to have this dark, dense and sweet bread that always reminds me of Christmases spent at home in Finland. We call this bread joululimppu (joulu meaning Christmas and limppu meaning a loaf of bread) and I suppose this recipe is yet another influence from those sweet loving Swedes who also serve a similar bread at Christmas. Although the recipe calls for a whole 100ml of dark treacle plus extra for brushing the loaves whilst baking, the bread has a warm spicy taste to it, probably thanks to the fennel seeds that we also love adding to breads and other baked goods. 

I can happily retire to the comfort of my fan and air-conditioner now, with a few slices of joululimppu smothered with butter. For the recipe, please check my previous entry of the same bread. 

wooden bread board from Pikku-Kota