Who loves Finnish buns? I know I do!

If you want to try all the different bun versions we have in Finland, Shrovetide is the perfect time to be in Finland.

That’s because it is the season of the Finnish cream bun, called laskiaispulla in Finnish (literally: Shrovetide bun). This mouth-watering soft cinnamon bun comes with a sweet filling of strawberry jam and whipped cream.

No wait! In fact,  you have to try BOTH versions of the Shrovetide bun because the strawberry jam has a competitor: sweet almond paste (marzipan).

So if you order two Shrovetide buns, it’s cool – you are just doing a scientific study! Between mid-January and early March you can find laskiaispulla in most cafes. Also, all grocery stores have them ready-made.

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How to Make Laskiaispulla Super Fast

I love to make this easy treat at home!

If you are in Finland and don’t want to make the dough yourself, buy the frozen round cinnamon buns. You can find them by the name Pikkupulla or Kotipulla or Vehnäpulla. A lot of different names, but same product!

Bake the frozen buns for 10 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool, otherwise the cream will melt.

Then to the fun part. Whip some cream, slice the buns and fill them with cream and strawberry jam or marzipan.

Note that we never have a laskiaispulla with jam, marzipan and whipped cream. That would be totally bonkers (read: I must try that next week).

Here are the items you need to buy to make laskiaispulla in Finland:

  • A package of frozen buns = kotipulla, pikkupulla or vehnäpulla
  • A package of cream (2 dl) = kuohukerma
  • A jar of strawberry jam = mansikkahillo
  • A tube of almond paste = mantelimassa

How to Make Laskiaispulla from Scratch

If you want to make the dough, use my bun recipe.

Instead of rolls, just make little balls without any filling and bake them. Allow to cool. Whip some cream, slice the buns and fill them with cream and strawberry jam or marzipan.

Other Finnish Shrovetide Traditions

Shrovetide is all about enjoying the snow and sun! Mid-February and March are wonderful winter months in Finland.

The must Shrovetide activity is sledding. Sledding is done as a family but also in schools and kindergartens as a special activity day. Students just need to bring their own sled and some hot cocoa in a thermos flask from home.

Pea soup and buns or oven pancake are something typically served after spending a couple of hours outdoors. 

This Laskiaispulla recipe is super simple and delicious!

Tutorial Video: Pea soup & Laskiaispulla – Winter Meal

Welcome to our kitchen!

Here is an easy tutorial on how to make this traditional Finnish two-course winter meal.

The video is super helpful especially if you are in Finland, because you can find all the ingredients at the grocery store. I have the correct word in Finnish for each item, if you are shopping in a Finnish grocery store.

This meal takes ten minutes to do – incredible!

Here are the items you need to buy:

  • A can of Finnish pea soup with ham = hernekeitto OR
  • A can Vegetarian pea soup = kasvishernekeitto
  • A package of Finn crisp = näkkileipä
  • Cream cheese = kermajuusto
  • Butter = voi
  • Milk = maito
  • A package of frozen buns = kotipulla, pikkupulla or vehnäpulla
  • A package of cream (2 dl) = kuohukerma
  • A jar of strawberry jam = mansikkahillo

Ps. I probably should not mention this but the Swedes also love cream buns (semla in Swedish), and they have them available all year long.

Have you already tasted laskiaispulla? Are you Team Strawberry Jam or Team Almond Paste? 

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