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The moment I first heard about Swedish cardamom buns and how delicious they were, I was ready to book a flight to Europe, so when I saw a recipe posted for them, I knew I had to make them immediately. I went to my local grocery store and found cardamom pods in the bulk spices. The minute I smelled the spice, I wanted the weather to drop 20 degrees, to pull out the flannel and long sleeves, and to cozy up with a blanket. I knew I was in for something extremely delicious.
This is a treat that will take some time, but it truly is a fun process with a gratifying outcome — the freshly ground cardamom results in a spectacularly speckled dough and filling that is beautiful and unique. The finish of fresh cardamom on top adds a subtle crunch that is delicious paired with the soft bun. The final result has the perfect amount of sweetness and makes it a treat that can be labeled breakfast, dessert, or anything in between. These cardamom buns are beautiful, and they will be something you will want to share with others if you have not eaten them all yourself, which, if you do, I will not blame you! Enjoy!
Swedish Cardamom Buns (Kardemummabullar)
- 1 c. + 1 Tbsp. (250 ml) milk, heated to 110°F
- 1 envelope dry active yeast (7 g)
- 1/3 c. (67 g) light brown sugar
- 3 1/4 c. (406 g) Lehi Mills Flour, plus more to flour surfaces
- 1 tsp. whole cardamom seeds
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 5.3 Tbsp. (75 g) butter (at room temperature)
- Oil/cooking spray (to grease bowl)
- 4.5 Tbsp. (about 63 g) butter (at room temperature)
- 1/3 c. (65 g) dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. whole cardamom seeds
- 1/4 c. (59 ml) water
- 1/4 c. (50 g) light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
- 1 tsp. (2 g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp. whole cardamom seeds
- Mortar and pestle or spice grinder
- Stand mixer
- Glass measuring cup
- Measuring cups & spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Rolling pin
- Small saucepan
- Silicone spatula/offset spatula
- Clean kitchen towels
- Sharp knife or pastry wheel (w/straight blade)
- Baking sheets lined with parchment or Silpat mats
- Wire rack
- Pastry brush
1. Pre-grease/oil a large bowl and set aside.
2. In a bowl, add yeast to the lukewarm milk with 1 tsp. light brown sugar and stir until yeast has dissolved. Let activate for 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, grind/crush cardamom seeds with a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together flour, light brown sugar (less 1 tsp.), cardamom, and salt.
4. Change the attachment to the dough hook attachment.
5. After yeast has been activated, add your yeast/milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix on low until dough begins to come together. Increase speed to medium-low and add cubed butter in handfuls. Once all the butter has been added, increase speed to medium/medium-high and knead for about 5 minutes. You want this to be a fairly loose dough, so whatever you do, don’t over knead.
6. Scrape dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a bun, tucking the edges toward the center. Place in your greased bowl, seam side down and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Place bowl in a warm place and let it rise for at least 40 minutes.
1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitter with paddle attachment, combine butter, dark brown sugar, and freshly ground/crushed cardamom seeds (see #3 here for dough instructions on how to grind/crush) and mix together on medium-low until creamy and smooth.
1. Line baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats and set aside.
2. Roll out dough into a 13” x 21” rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
3. Spread filling onto the rolled out dough rectangle with silicone spatula or offset spatula so that it covers the entire area from edge to edge.
4. Mark 7″ sections on the 21″ side with the back of a knife so that you have three equal sections. Fold left side to the middle, than fold the right side over the left side. Turn the dough so that the openings are on the left and right sides and roll out the dough slightly.
5. Using your ruler and sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut 2 cm strands. You should have 15-20 strands.
6. Starting from the end, wrap one strand around the tips of your thumb and four fingers (three if you have big hands) twice, twisting slightly as you wrap, then slip your thumb out of the roll, loop the strand around one last time then tuck the end and your thumb loop into the bottom. If you’re having trouble, please watch this GIF. Repeat with all strands.
7. Place buns on your pre-lined baking sheets, (giving enough room for dough to rise and spread during proofing and baking), cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for about 30 minutes.
8. While proofing, preheat oven to 435°F (at least 30 minutes before baking)
1. While rolls are proofing, heat water, light brown sugar, and vanilla bean paste in a small saucepan on high until sugar has dissolved completely. Set syrup aside. Combine fresh ground/crushed cardamom seeds (see #3 here for dough instructions on how to grind/crush) and granulated sugar in a small bowl.
1. Bake proofed rolls for 7-8 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
2. Immediately brush tops with syrup and sprinkle with cardamom-sugar.
3. Serve and enjoy!!
Helpful video: https://youtu.be/_qsjgvEa3Q8
– Laura Walton
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