Finnish Coffee Bread

Finnish Coffee Bread

(12 servings)    Printable Version
  • 4 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/3 cups milk - room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter - softened
  • 1/4 cup luke-warm water
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
This recipe makes one large loaf of bread.

Add yeast to warm water, stir until dissolved. Add milk and stir.

In a separate large bowl, beat one of the eggs with the sugar. Stir in the yeast mixture, salt, cardamom and one handful of the flour.

Continue to add flour until you have a soft dough. Knead vigorously until thoroughly mixed. Add butter. Knead until dough no longer sticks to sides of bowl. Cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size (45 minutes to an hour).

Punch dough down. Divide into 3 equal parts, shape each into a long strand. Braid strands to form a loaf. Cover. Let rise again until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the other egg. And brush the loaf. Sprinkle almond slices evenly over loaf.

Transfer loaf to a lightly greased (and sprinkled with flour) heavy-duty sheet pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.


As the name implies, this is a gourmet bread that is best served with coffee. Enjoy!

Mr Breakfast would like to thank casey for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Finnish Coffee Bread?
Overall Average Rating = 4 (out of 5)
Based on 2 votes.


From phang
Rating (out of 5):  

Basically the amount of cardamom is not enough. I am a head chef in charge of over 175 bread outlets world wide but I would like to say that I have made many types of bread before including coffee bread named coffee boy but I feel that the cardamom should be added a little more. About 8 teaspoons.

Comment submitted: 4/1/2009 (#7878)



From Rebeca from Honduras
Rating (out of 5):  

Hello. I live in Finland as a Exchange student and I love this bread so much also the yogurt and chocolate geishammmmm Thanks for the recipe.

Comment submitted: 12/14/2008 (#7123)



From Pulla

As I have sampled this bread in so many different ways when I was little just letting you know that raisin and cinnamon-sugar go VERY well with this one :)

Comment submitted: 9/10/2007 (#3546)





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