Finnish Semla, Laskiaispulla

Finnish semla or a laskiaispulla
Finnish semla or a laskiaispulla

Laskiaispulla, also known in english as semla, is a traditional desert in Finland. Laskiaissunnuntai and Laskiaistiistai are festivals in the middle of February and on those days semlas are eaten. Usually children and youth (and sometimes even adults) go sledding or downhill sliding on a snowy hill or a slope. There’s also a belief from the past that those who would slid the farthest were going to get the best crop in the becomming year. That is why the festival is named after the act of sliding downhill: laksea – laskiais. The desert consists of a delicious bunn, some whipped cream and either jam or almond paste. Also you can decorate the bun with powdered sugar.

Finnish semla:Laskiaispulla

50 g melted butter
1 sachet of dry yest
2½ dl warm milk
½ dl sugar
½ ts seasalt
7 dl wheat flour
vanilla-apple jam
whipped cream
powdered sugar on top

Mix together the yest and warm milk. Add sugar, salt and melted butter. Mix all of them together. Add the flour slowly to the mix and make a dough. Leave the dough to rise for 40 to 60 minutes.

Divide the dough in to twelve buns. Preheat the oven to 225’C degrees. Bake the buns for 8 to 10 minutes. Wait untill the buns are cooled down. Cut the top of the puna with a knife. Add jam and whipped cream. Put the top back on. Add some powdered sugar on the top and enjoy in a good company!