Recipe : Swedish Style Cardamom Buns

Make your own bakery-quality buns at home

 

Here’s a recipe for Swedish-style Cardamom buns for when you have a need for a sticky bun but the bakery is closed.  Although these buns look complicated they are easy to make (hey we made them!).

swedish style cardamom buns

Swedish Style Cardamom Buns Recipe

Ingredients

30 cardamom pods
350ml whole milk
200g butter
500g strong white bread flour
225g caster sugar
7g sachet dried yeast
1 large egg, beaten

Method

Crack open 10 of the cardamom pods with a pestle and mortar, place into a saucepan.
Add the milk and warm – do not boil.
Add 50g butter and set aside to cool until lukewarm.
Give the pan a swirl once in a while to encourage the butter to melt.
Put the flour, 75g of the sugar, yeast and 1 /2 tsp salt into a large bowl.
Mix until combined.
When the milk has cooled, strain it through a sieve into the flour, discarding the cardamom from the sieve.
Using a wooden spoon or dough hook on your mixer, mix to form a soft dough.
Knead for 10 mins until the dough is smooth and stretchy.
Cover the bowl with a tea towel or cling film and leave to rise for 2 hrs or until doubled in size.
Crack the remaining cardamom pods using a pestle and mortar.
Remove the pods keeping the seeds in the pestle and mortar.
Crush the seeds to a powder, then combine with 150g sugar.
In a bowl, mix the remaining butter with all but 2 tbsp of the cardamom sugar.
Line two baking trays with parchment.
Knock the air out of the dough, then roll to a rectangle roughly 35 x 45cm, with the longer edge facing you.
Spread the cardamom butter over the dough.

spreading cardamom butter onto buns
Fold the dough over into a third and then the other half over the top of the other side of pastry.
Cut into 12 equal strips, measuring about 3.5 x 11cm each.

folding cardamom bun pastry

cutting cardamom bun pastry

Cut each strip down the centre, leaving it attached at the top.
Twist each strip then tie the dough in a knot and tuck the ends underneath the bun.
Put each on the tray when done.

swedish style cardamom buns on baking tray

Cover both trays leave somewhere warm to rise until almost doubled in size.
Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
Bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown.

Add the remaining cardamom sugar into a pan and add 50ml water.
Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and put aside to cool.
Brush the syrup over the buns two or three times as they cool.

We topped with some crushed pistachios for added poshness.

swedish style cardamom buns

swedish style cardamom buns

Recipe : Swedish Style Cardamom Buns

Ingredients

  • 30 cardamom pods
  • 350ml whole milk
  • 200g butter
  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Instructions

  1. Crack open 10 of the cardamom pods with a pestle and mortar, place into a saucepan.
  2. Add the milk and warm - do not boil.
  3. Add 50g butter and set aside to cool until lukewarm.
  4. Give the pan a swirl once in a while to encourage the butter to melt.
  5. Put the flour, 75g of the sugar, yeast and 1 /2 tsp salt into a large bowl.
  6. Mix until combined.
  7. When the milk has cooled, strain it through a sieve into the flour, discarding the cardamom from the sieve.
  8. Using a wooden spoon or dough hook on your mixer, mix to form a soft dough.
  9. Knead for 10 mins until the dough is smooth and stretchy.
  10. Cover the bowl with a tea towel or cling film and leave to rise for 2 hrs or until doubled in size.
  11. Crack the remaining cardamom pods using a pestle and mortar.
  12. Remove the pods keeping the seeds in the pestle and mortar.
  13. Crush the seeds to a powder, then combine with 150g sugar.
  14. In a bowl, mix the remaining butter with all but 2 tbsp of the cardamom sugar.
  15. Line two baking trays with parchment.
  16. Knock the air out of the dough, then roll to a rectangle roughly 35 x 45cm, with the longer edge facing you.
  17. Spread the cardamom butter over the dough.
  18. Fold the dough over into a third and then the other half over the top of the other side of pastry.
  19. Cut into 12 equal strips, measuring about 3.5 x 11cm each.
  20. Cut each strip down the centre, leaving it attached at the top.
  21. Twist each strip then tie the dough in a knot and tuck the ends underneath the bun.
  22. Put each on the tray when done.
  23. Cover both trays leave somewhere warm to rise until almost doubled in size.
  24. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
  25. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown.
  26. Add the remaining cardamom sugar into a pan and add 50ml water.
  27. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and put aside to cool.
  28. Brush the syrup over the buns two or three times as they cool.
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