This simple and easy whole wheat Finnish Bread recipe goes perfect with any meal and is very quick to make!
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I found this Finnish Bread recipe years ago and it quickly became one of our favorites. It uses a mix of whole wheat and white flour so it rises well and has a great taste. This Finnish Bread recipe makes two good size loaves. One loaf will usually feed the whole family for a meal and we stick the other in the freezer for later. If you are looking for a bread recipe without processed sugar and more whole wheat flour, look at my rustic round bread recipe.
1 package active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup butter, melted, divided
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 ¼ teaspoons salt
3 to 4 cups unbleached white flour
Directions for Making Finnish Bread
In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Mix in the whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, sugar and salt. Mix all of these ingredients until smooth. Add the rest of the flour until a soft dough forms.
Knead the dough for a few minutes until it feels elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl and turn over so the top is greased. Cover and let rise in a warm spot until double, around an hour.
Punch the dough down. Divide the dough in half. Take one half and shape it into a 6 inch round ball. Place the Finnish Bread dough on a greased baking sheet. Do the same with the other half of the dough. Using a bread knife cut 3 slashes in the top of the loaves of Finnish Bread. Cover and let rise until double, about 40 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. If the top is getting too brown then put some foil on the top and let it cook longer. When the Finnish bread is done brush the top with the rest of the butter. Makes 2 loaves with about 12 slices each.
- Finnish Bread
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup butter, melted, divided
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 ¼ teaspoons salt
- 3 to 4 cups unbleached white flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water.
- Add the whole wheat flour, 2 TBS of the butter, brown sugar and salt.
- Mix until smooth.
- Mix in the rest of the flour as needed until soft dough forms.
- Knead until smooth and elastic.
- Place in a greased bowl and turn once to grease the top of the dough.
- Cover and let rise in a warm spot until double.
- Punch the dough down.
- Shape into two 6 inch round loaves.
- Place on greased baking sheet.
- Cut slashes in the top with a knife.
- Cover and let rise until double, about 40 minuets.
- Bake at 375 for 20- 25 minutes or until golden brown,
- Brush the top with remaining butter.
- Makes 2 loaves with about 12 slices each.
This Finnish Bread is a family favorite; it’s perfect with about any meal or great as a treat with jam!!
If you like this Finnish Bread recipe you should try these other delicious bread recipes:
Whole Wheat English Muffins