Laskiainen or Shrove Tuesday is the day before the beginning of Lent. In Finland it is traditional for children and adults to head to the sledding hills. Winter is starting to be at its best with sun shining more and more each day.
bear and dinosaur

The traditional meal after an afternoon of sledding is split-pea soup with ham or ground beef and for dessert a Laskiaispulla.
This year Laskiainen is on February 12th. But these Laskiaispulla are among my favorite winter treats and can be enjoyed before the actual day.
They are really quite easy to make. For the pulla dough recipe, click here. Instead of making braids just roll the yeast dough into balls, brush with an eggwash and sprinkle with pearl sugar. Bake at 225 C/435 F for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool.

Cut the tops off of the pullas and fill with either a berry preserve or jam or almond paste. My favorite is the almond paste.
Add a large dollop of whipped cream.
whipped cream
Place the little top on and enjoy. If not serving immediately place in the refrigerator. The “correct” way to enjoy this in my opinion is to take the top off sliding some of cream with it. After the top is eaten the best is still left, the bottom with the almond paste and cream. But as with an oreo cookie there is probably no “right” way to eat it, so find your own style to enjoy!


  1. Oh my, they look delicious! It’s a real sunny winter day here, screaming for a long walk – maybe I have to make them before, so that we can have a delicious dessert after walking in the cold 🙂

  2. Such a fun tradition!! Sledding and spit pea soup and yummy dessert?? Perfect! I love trying recipes from other countries- I bookmarked this- it sounds amazing!!

  3. Today is pulla day in our new kitchen. Haven’t tasted one yet. Don’t want to burn my fingers. But the oven is an improvement over the old one, more even heat. Whipped cream on pulla? Wow! Can’t go wrong with that.

    Love, Grampa

  4. I’m with you and almond paste. Absolutely love it and I bet these, especially with the whipping cream, must be irresistible. Thanks for sharing a bit about Finnish customs and a great recipe.

  5. I want to make this. Yes I want to make this. Because it looks really good. I can’t wait to pop one into my mouth when it is still a little warm. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Gorgeous post. Coveting (in equal measures) the luscious snow (we’ve had practically none here in NY) and the winking-at-me laskiasipulla!

  7. What a fun day in the snow. I would be starving and crave for these laskiaisoulla afterwards too. They are so beautiful too! I would love to stuff them with the whipped cream as well. 😛

  8. I have not heard of this treat before but they are beautiful and so are the kids! No snow here in Hong kong at the moment…chuckle chuckle…as a matter of fact I am in shorts and flip flops…

  9. The laskiaispulla are beautiful, and your photographs are amazing, I had something very similar that a Danish friend of mine made. They were incredibly delicious. Thank you for following my blog, I am so happy to have found yours.

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog and for reading one of my posts and I hope you enjoyed it.

    Thank you for visiting because otherwise I wouldn’t have found your amazing blog. I was in Finland a few months ago, it was a business trip, but it was an amazing experience.

    I was in Tampere and I met some of the most friendly and amazing people. I had a wonderful time and it’s now one of the best countries in the world.

    You have some amazing recipes on your blog and I will definitely follow you from now on.

    Thank you.

    1. You’ll have to come back in the summertime to enjoy the midnight sun! It seems like nobody sleeps when the amount of light increases 🙂 Thank you for the nice compliments. I’ll be sure to stop by your blog as well.

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