Finnish Biscuit

Submitted by Scout Doran

About the cook: I come from a long line of bakers who have taught me everything I know. My grandmother's family immigrated from Finland all the way to Minnesota. With that their recipes and traditions came with them. I’m always excited to go to grandma's house to help make some of her Finnish Biscuit. I hope by sharing this recipe I can help create memories for other families!

About the dish: This is a family recipe that my grandmother handed down to me. My grandmother's family immigrated from Finland to Minnesota and with them came their recipes. Ever since I was a little girl I loved to visit my grandma to help her make and have some of her Finnish Biscuit. Finnish Biscuit is a delicious loaf of bread with a cinnamon and sugar swirl on the inside. It is best toasted and with a layer of your favorite butter on top.

National Origin: Finland

Serves: 6

Estimated Time: 1 to 2 Hours


Preheat: 350
Bake: 30 minutes

1 cup lukewarm milk (scalded and cooled)
2 large eggs (room temp)
3-1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter (cut up)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tsp freshly ground cardamom seed
1/2 Tsp salt
1 package of active dry or rapid-rise yeast or 1 scant Tbsp active dry yeast (*Disolved in warm water, to moisten add a pinch of sugar to make it rise*)


Measure all of the bread ingredients into the container of the bread machine or KitchenAid mixer. Set the machine to dough cycle. Press start. Or, if using a mixer, turn on and mix ingredients. Check the dough as it’s mixing and if it’s necessary add more flour, but no more than 1/4 cup. Allow time for the dough to rise once mixing is complete. When dough is complete, remove from container and roll out onto floured surface. Once the dough is rolled out, spread the dough with butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Then roll dough up and place in lightly greased bread pan. Bake on 350 for 30 minutes. Once fully cooked through butter the top of the loaf.

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