The Finnish side of my man's family has some useful variations. Warm the oven at 200, then turn off the oven just before putting the batter/dough in to rest/rise. In addition to the 2 later dough-raising times, also put the first-stage batter (after the first 2 cups of flour) in the warmed oven for 20 minutes. I added my own tweaks as well. I roll out each third of dough and sprinkle with brown sugar and my own pumpkin pie spice consisting of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and the lovely and talented cardamom. In addition, I put cooked cranberry in one, and carob chips in another. I make the egg wash with honey instead of sugar. One batch gives me one big loaf, eight mini loaves, and 3 or 4 tart pans of pinwheels. One bugaboo I had was that even though I used parchment and baked only 18 minutes at
350 before egg wash, then 5 more minutes, I still got a little burn on
bottoms and sides, depending on where in the oven it was. Also, I cannot stress enough that you must be ready to devote a lot of time. If I start at 3pm, I do not finish until 9:30, but it is sooooo very good!
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The Finnish side of my man's family has some useful variations. Warm the oven at 200, then...