Delicious Finnish Coffee Bread Recipe You’ll Love!

Are you looking for a warm and sweet breakfast treat to start your day off right? If so, get ready to taste the rich and flavorful Finnish Coffee Bread. This sweet bread is infused with the bold flavor of cardamom, and makes for the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee.

As a barista, I understand the importance of a good cup of coffee in the morning. But what’s better than just a plain old cup of joe? A slice of warm and delicious Finnish Coffee Bread to go along with it! This bread is not only easy to make thanks to the handy bread machine recipe, but it’s also a crowd-pleaser that both you and your family will love.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to baking, this recipe is super easy to follow and yields amazing results. So, let’s get started on making some warm, sweet and scrumptious Finnish Coffee Bread – it’s the ultimate breakfast indulgence!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Finnish Coffee Bread (Breadmaker Recipe)
Finnish Coffee Bread (Breadmaker Recipe)

If you’re a fan of sweet bread that’s fluffy, soft, and has just the right amount of sweetness, then this Finnish Coffee Bread recipe is your ticket to heaven. The addition of ground cardamom, which is the signature spice of Finnish cuisine, sets this coffee bread apart from other popular sweetbreads.

Finnish Coffee Bread has garnered fame worldwide as one of the best coffee bread you can lay your hands on. This recipe guarantees you a sumptuous loaf that is ideal for cheese and jam sandwich, toast with butter spread, or just as it is. It gives you comfort in every bite, and even after finishing a whole loaf, you’ll crave for more.

Aside from its aromatic and heavenly taste, its bread machine recipe makes it effortless to bake at home without stress. With ingredients that are easy to get from your local grocery store and instructions that are simple to follow, you can effortlessly make this Finnish pulla bread without any hassle.

Plus, there are no preservatives or additives! Just throw in fresh ingredients and allow the bread maker to do its magic. Whether you’re an expert in bread making or just starting out on your baking journey, this recipe will give you consistently fantastic results every single time. So what are you waiting for? Dive into baking your perfect Finnish Coffee Bread today!

Ingredient List

 Perfectly sliced Finnish Coffee Bread, fresh out of the breadmaker
Perfectly sliced Finnish Coffee Bread, fresh out of the breadmaker

Gather the Essentials for a Flavorful Finnish Coffee Bread

To begin crafting this mouthwatering and delectable finnish coffee bread breadmaker recipe, we must start by familiarizing ourselves with the necessary ingredients. Of course, cardamom is one of the most important spices for this recipe as well as flour, sugar, and salt. For a richer texture and flavor, you’ll also need some butter, eggs, and milk to make sure everything binds and forms correctly in your bread machine.

Here is a complete list of everything you need:
– 1 cup (240 ml) room temperature milk
– 1 stick (113 g) unsalted butter, melted
– 2 eggs
– ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
– 1 tsp salt
– 4 cups (500 g) all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
– 2 teaspoons ground cardamom.

Make sure you have every ingredient carefully measured before you proceed with the actual recipe. Also, double-check that your milk is at room temperature, so it properly activates the yeast.

The Recipe How-To

 Cinnamon, coffee, and dough blend together to make this masterpiece
Cinnamon, coffee, and dough blend together to make this masterpiece

Now, it’s time to get your hands dirty! Let me walk you through the steps of making this sweet and heartwarming Finnish Coffee Bread that is perfect for sharing with loved ones.

Preparing the Dough

First, add the following ingredients to your bread machine:

  • 1 cup of warm milk (milk 1/2 and milk 2/3 combination)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (melted or softened)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom (finely ground is ideal)
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Next, set your bread machine to “dough” setting and let it do its job. During this phase, your bread machine will mix, knead and proof the dough until it’s ready for shaping.

Shaping and Baking the Bread

After about an hour and a half, your dough should be risen and airy. Dump it onto a floured surface and give it a gentle kneading for about a minute.

Divide the dough into three equal parts and roll them into ropes. Next, braid these ropes into a loaf by joining them at one end then braiding them together before tucking in the ends.

Place the braided loaf onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover loosely with a clean cloth or cling wrap then allow it to rise again for another hour or so at room temperature.

When the braided loaf has doubled in size, brush some beaten egg on top for that shiny golden finish.

Finally (drumroll please), bake your Finnish Coffee Bread in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until it’s beautifully golden brown on top. You can test the doneness by tapping on the bottom – it should sound hollow when ready!

Enjoy Your Sweet Victory

Wow! You made it through all those steps! Now, all that’s left is to slice into that heavenly divine bread that you have just created. Serve it warm or at room temperature with coffee or tea, shmeared with some butter or jam if you like.

I hope this recipe gave you a warm feeling inside and inspired you to start coffee cake season off in style!

Substitutions and Variations

As with any recipe, it’s always fun to experiment with different ingredients and flavors to make it your own. Here are some substitutions and variations you can make to this Finnish Coffee Bread recipe:

– Swap out the cardamom for cinnamon or nutmeg for a different flavor profile.

– If you prefer a more savory bread, omit the sugar entirely or reduce it by half.

– You can also add raisins or other dried fruit for some extra sweetness and texture. Mix them into the dough before braiding for an even distribution.

– For an even richer bread, substitute heavy cream for some or all of the milk called for in the recipe.

– If you don’t have a bread machine, don’t worry! You can still make this coffee bread using traditional bread making methods. Simply mix your dough ingredients together in a large bowl, knead until smooth, let it rise for an hour or two, then shape and bake as directed.

– Instead of braiding the dough into a single loaf, portion the dough into small pieces and shape them into buns. Bake them on a baking sheet until golden brown and enjoy warm with butter and jam.

– Try adding toasted nuts, like almonds or pecans, to the dough for even more crunch and depth of flavor.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to adapting this recipe. Don’t be afraid to get creative and put your own spin on it!

Serving and Pairing

I love serving Finnish Coffee Bread with coffee or tea, but it’s also delicious on its own as a midday snack. This flavorful bread pairs perfectly with morning coffee or afternoon tea because the aromatic, cardamom-flavored loaf unleashes several notes of flavor which are accentuated by the subtle sweetness that runs throughout.

One of my favorite ways to serve this bread is to toast it and spread some butter over the top. It’s like an explosion of taste in my mouth! When toasted, these slices take on a crispy exterior that firmly holds in the bread’s moisture, making for an even more amazing texture experience.

Another variant is slicing up the Coffee Bread and then transforming it into a French toast dish with a bit of sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top, served with a dollop of whipped cream, syrup, or berries.

This sweet bread is perfect alongside jams, honeycomb, or savory spreads such as cream cheese or butter. It’s guaranteed to be a fine addition to any breakfast or brunch spread. Pairing this unique finnish cardamom flavor requires some advanced planning; however, once you taste it alongside jam spread on top or a cold glass of milk, all efforts become rewarded entirely.

As for the flavor profile wine and beer enthusiasts might reach for porters or stouts that offer detectable flavors along earthy lines while allowing cardamom coffee bread’s traditional Finnish roots to shine brightly without overpowering the flavors of their brews.

Ultimately, you’ll want to spend time pairing your Finnish Coffee Bread with an item that complements its mysterious sweetness and complexity instead of detracting from its incredible and exceptional qualities.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

There’s nothing like the aroma of freshly baked coffee bread wafting through the house. But don’t worry, you can make this Finnish Coffee Bread ahead of time or store leftovers for later. Here are some tips for keeping your sweet, cardamom-infused bread fresh:


This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time. Simply bake and let it cool to room temperature. Once cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep it stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. This will allow the flavors to develop even more.


Finnish Coffee Bread is best when consumed within a couple days of baking. To extend its shelf life, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.


To reheat your coffee bread, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Remove any wrapping from the bread and place it on a baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake for around 5-10 minutes or until warmed through. Alternatively, if you need a quick fix, slice a piece and pop it in the microwave on low for about 15-20 seconds.

Note that reheating the coffee bread might dry out its texture slightly but warm flavors will surely make up for it.

Now that you know how to keep your Finnish Coffee Bread fresh for longer periods, this fragrant and comforting treat is perfect any time of day. Share it with friends and family over a cup of Finnish cardamom coffee or transform it into a delicious French toast with maple syrup on top – the options are endless!

Tips for Perfect Results

When it comes to making Finnish Coffee Bread, a few tips can make all the difference in producing a quality loaf of sweet bread. As an experienced barista who has baked countless batches of this flavorful bread in my trusty bread machine, let me share some useful tips for perfecting your recipe.

First and foremost, using fresh and high-quality ingredients is crucial. Ensure that your flour and yeast are within their expiration dates, as expired ingredients will make it difficult for the dough to rise properly resulting in dense bread. Freshly ground cardamom adds an authentic flavor to the bread while also enhancing its aromatic qualities.

Next, allowing the dough to rise properly is necessary. The optimal temperature for yeast activity is between 80-90 degrees which means if it’s too cold or hot it can affect the rising process. So check your bread machine instructions as some bread machines have a proof setting that helps with raising the dough at the right temperature.

Another important tip is to measure ingredients precisely. Even slight variations in measurements could cause the dough to be too loose or too dry, leading to either a dense or dry loaf that’s not enjoyable to eat. I recommend measuring your flour precisely with a kitchen scale rather than volume cups.

Properly kneading the dough will help develop gluten strands and activate the yeast. This will also enhance the texture of the bread by making it soft and moist rather than crumbly or dry.

Lastly, avoid opening the lid on your bread machine during baking as this could release heat and impact the texture of your bread. It’s best to check on your bread’s progress through the window or wait until it’s finished baking before removing it from the machine.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious loaf of authentic Finnish Coffee Bread that is sure to impress your family and friends alike.


Now that you’ve read through the recipe and collected all the necessary ingredients to make some delicious Finnish Coffee Bread, you may have a few questions in mind. To ensure your bread-making success, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and their respective answers. Whether you’re new to bread-making or have been baking for years, take a look at these FAQs before getting started.

Why is bread machine bread not fluffy?

When baking bread, it is important to ensure that the dough is properly kneaded to avoid ending up with a dense or heavy loaf. There are various factors that could contribute to this problem, such as combining the yeast and salt or becoming impatient during the baking process. Additionally, it is essential to create enough tension in the dough before baking to avoid this issue.

How do you make good bread in a bread maker?

Baking bread can be a great way to exercise your culinary skills, but the process can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. However, using a bread machine can make the job much easier. By simply starting the dough in the machine and finishing it off in the oven, you can get fantastic results with minimal effort. Once the dough cycle ends, you’ll want to shape it appropriately and let it rise again before baking in the oven per your specific recipe. This method is a great way to enjoy fresh, homemade bread without having to do all the hard work!

Can I use active dry yeast in place of bread machine yeast?

If you don’t have bread machine yeast on hand, active dry yeast can be used as a substitute. However, keep in mind that active dry yeast has larger granules and needs to be dissolved in water before incorporating it into the recipe. This type of yeast can be used as an alternative for bread machine yeast.

Why is my bread machine bread so dry?

When making dough, it’s common to add too much flour which can result in a dry mixture. Luckily, this can be easily fixed by adding small amounts of water during the kneading process. Just add a teaspoon of water at a time and continue kneading until the dough reaches the desired consistency.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Finnish Coffee Bread recipe is an excellent addition to your bread making repertoire. With its unique combination of cardamom and coffee flavors, this bread will take you on a culinary journey through Scandinavia in every bite. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also easy to make with the help of a trusty bread machine.

I encourage you to try out this recipe and share it with your family and friends. Experiment with different variations and substitutions to find your perfect flavor. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make this bread into buns, braided bread, or even a sweet coffee cake.

With these detailed instructions, tips and recommendations, I’m confident that you will have a successful baking experience with this Finnish Coffee Bread recipe. So, fire up that bread machine and get ready to savor every delightful slice of this flavorful bread.

Remember to use high-quality ingredients and pay attention to the minor details for perfect results. Lastly, don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below. Happy baking!

Finnish Coffee Bread (Breadmaker Recipe) Recipe

Finnish Coffee Bread for a 2 lb. breadmaker on dough setting, but can also be made in a 1 1/2 lb breadmaker. Prep time includes rising time. Recipe adapted from recipe printed on

  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk
  • 2 eggs, divided (beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 -8 whole crushed cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  1. Put all the ingredients in the bread machine on the dough setting, in the order specified for your machine.
  2. When the dough cycle completes, remove, divide in half and then split each part into 3 equal pieces.
  3. Roll into long strands (18" long), and braid strands into 2 loaves.
  4. Put loaves on greased cookie sheets.
  5. Let rise until doubled in size (30 minutes). Brush with second egg and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Immediately after taking them out of the oven, remove from pans. Cool on racks.
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