Scandinavian Cinnamon Buns

Scandinavian Cinnamon Buns

These scrumptious morsels of enriched dough, filled with a sweet cinnamon filling, make the perfect breakfast treat.

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Serves: 4-6

1 tbsp green cardamom seeds

300ml milk

50g fresh yeast

135g caster sugar

pinch of salt

150g unsalted butter

1 egg

700g bread flour

For the cinnamon filling:
200g unsalted butter softened

90g caster sugar

1tbsp ground cinnamon

Lucinda Hamilton from Cocolicious shares her recipes for divine breakfast goodies to treat weekend guests. Take a leaf out of Loulou's book and create a real morning feast and serve with pots of fragrant chai tea and ice cream sundae glasses layered with Greek yoghurt and fresh berries and topped with granola, as above...

For the buns:

  1. Crush cardamom seeds finely in a mortar. Sieve into the milk and discard the shells. Place milk and cardamom into a saucepan and heat slowly until tepid. Leave to infuse.
  2. Place cooled milk, sugar, salt, softened butter and egg into the bowl of your mixer equipped with the dough hook. Crumble in the fresh yeast.
  3. Add the flour a little at a time and mix until you have a silky dough.
    You can also knead it by hand if you prefer.
  4. Place dough into a floured bowl and let rise for about an hour until it has doubled in size.

For the cinnamon filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix the butter, sugar and cinnamon together to make a smooth, spreadable paste.
  3. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and gently press out, without kneading it, to a rectangular shape 2cm thick.
  4. Spread the butter mix all over the dough.
  5. Roll the dough as you would a swiss roll and then cut into 4cm thick pieces.
  6. Place onto lined baking tray.
  7. Cover and allow to rise again until doubled in size (about an hour).
  8. Brush the buns with beaten egg, sprinkle with sugar and bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

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Photographs: David Merewether
Recipes Type: Puddings & Baking