Have you ever tasted a Finnish bread bun, ‘sämpylä’, with dark rye malt in it? Try Henna’s original recipe and tell us if you love them as much as we do!

Home made bread buns with rye malt on a marble kitchen table with some fresh tulips and green leafs
Finnish bread buns are called ‘sämpylä‘. Sämpyläs are small breads that are made from yeast dough. Adding seeds and vegetables, such as grated carrot, into the dough is really popular in Finland.


2 cups and 2 tbsp lukewarm milk

1 package instant yeast 

1 tbsp sugar

½ tbsp fine salt

½ tbsp olive oil

1 egg for brushing (optional)

about 9 cups wheat flour


*You can also replace milk with water

Making the dough

  1. Take a large mixing bowl and combine the instant, dry yeast and the lukewarm milk. Make sure that the milk is approximately 42°C / 108°F and let the yeast dissolve. Aid the dissolving by stirring the mixture with a spoon.
  2. Add sugar, salt, and olive oil. Stir the mix.
  3. Add the flour gradually whilst kneeling. You can leave the dough soft. Don’t overwork the dough or you will end up with hard buns!
  4. Let the dough rest for 45 minutes. Put a kitchen towel on top of the mixing bowl, place the dough into a warm place and let it rise.
  5. Make the dough into a long roll. Cut the dough into buns by making diagonal cuts.
  6. Place the shaped buns on the baking sheet under a clean kitchen towel and let them rise for another 20 minutes. Remember to leave enough space between the buns!
  7. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 392°F
  8. Gently whisk an egg and brush the buns (you can also use milk for brushing).
  9. Bake for 12-20 minutes until golden yellow in colour.
  10. Eat fresh and enjoy!
The dark rye malt gives the buns a nice texture and a rich flavor. You can buy rye malt from HERE

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