“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Monday, 5 November 2012
I was recently asked to participate in the Sunvil Supper Club for the month of October. For this month’s Sunvil Supper Club, they teamed up with the Swedish Tourist board to use one of their recipes to celebrate one of Sweden’s most famous culinary exports . . . the cinnamon bun.
I have a confession to make. I am not a great yeast bread baker. In fact, I would be the first one to tell you that I make great doorstops . . . but I do not make great bread. This recipe did look however, like something I could rise to. (Every pun intended!)
I realized when I first began to work through the recipe though . . . 25g of yeast . . . it was far too much, it was almost half the tin of my granulated yeast. I decided that the recipe must be referring to fresh yeast, which obviously would be quite different. And so I measured out 1 1/2 tsp of yeast which is what is in most packets of dried yeast, or 7g. I also added a bit of sugar to the milk and warmed it a bit so that it would get started properly.
Then when I was kneading it together, the dough was very, very stiff . . . and so I decided to add a bit more milk to it until I had a dough which I felt was the right consistency. Firm, but not too solid . . . and neither too sticky. Firm and smooth.
It took my dough roughly twice the recommended time in the original recipe to rise to what I thought it should in the first rising. I was very nervous about this, wondering if I had done something wrong . . . it was a nail biting, on the edge moment, but I persevered.
Rolled it out as required, spread it with butter, yada, yada, yada . . . I had severe doubts if I would be very successful with these buns, but in for a penny in for a pound.
For the second rising, I put them into my oven on the dough rise program. I still wasn't sure if these were going to turn out. Call it a lack of faith in my yeast baking prowess . . . call it whatever you want. I am not very confident when it comes to baking with yeast.
Brushed with egg and sprinkled with some candy pearl cake sprinkles . . . I baked them and wowsa, wowsa . . . I was so surprised. These turned out really nicely! Perhaps not quite as light and fluffy as the ones you buy in the shops . . . but quite, quite edible.
Todd ate three while they were still warm with his mid-afternoon cuppa . . . I feel a lot more confident about my yeast bread baking prowess.
I wonder what they will be baking in November??? Hmmm . . . the Sunvil Supper Club. I'll have to check back to see what they are doing. Fingers cross no yeast is involved!
*Swedish Cinnamon Buns*
A Swedish national favourite! Fabulous!
25g yeast (I am assuming this is fresh yeast. I used
1 1/2 tsp of dried yeast)
75g butter (5 1/4 TBS)
250ml of milk (1 cup)
50g of granulated sugar (generous 4 TBS)
1 tsp ground cardamom
600g wheat flour (6 cups)
100g butter, softened (scant 1/2 cup)
100g sugar (generous 1/2 cup)
4 tsp cinnamon
1 free range egg
2 TBS water
pearl sugar (I used sugar crystals)
In a bowl, mix the yeast and a few tablespoons of the milk. Leave for a few moments, whilst you melt the butter and combine with the remainder of the milk. Add in the yeast mixture, and then the sugar, salt, cardamom and flour. Knead the mixture until the dough is firm and smooth. (either in a machine using a bread hook or by hand) Cover the dough with a tea towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes at room temperature. (I had to add more milk to make the mixture of the right consistency. I shaped it into a smooth ball after kneading and placed it into a greased bowl, turning it to grease the top before covering it and leaving it in a warm place. Mine was left for one hour to rise.)
Once risen, briefly knead the dough again and then roll it out to a rectangle around 3mm thick. (1/2 inch). Carefully spread the dough with the softened butter. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it all over the top of the butter. Roll the dough up tightly along the longest edge to create a long sausage. Slice into approximately 25 rounds, 1/2 inch thick.
Place the rounds into paper muffin cases, with the cut edge facing upwards. Place onto a large baking sheet. Cover with a tea towel and allow to raise again for another hour, in a warm place until doubled in size.
Once risen, beat together the egg and water and brush the tops of the buns carefully with this mixture. Sprinkle with the pearl sugar (or more cinnamon) and bake in a 225*C/425*F/ gas mark 7 oven for around 10 minutes.
This humble sweet treat, more commonly known as kanelbulle in Sweden is a national favourite, and one that has been copied across many parts of the world. They have been covered with a layer of icing in Belgium and the United States, and filled with raisins in the UK, but those with a simple scattering of sugar on the top are the original Swedish favourite. Often made when guests are expected over for coffee, they have become so popular that in recent years it has been given its very own day – kanelbulle dag. Literally translated as ‘cinnamon bun day’, it is now celebrated in Sweden and around much of northern Europe each year on the 4th October.
On a more Festive note, it may only be the beginning of November, but Christmas will be here before we know it and once again, I have created a lovely little Christmas Cook-booklet just in time for the holidays, entitled Christmas In The English Kitchen. Larger than my previous booklets, this one is 47 pages, filled with lots of tasty recipes for everything from soup to nuts, lots of recipes to take you through the Holiday Season.
Gifts From the Kitchen. Delicious Starters, Mains, Sides and Desserts from my very own holiday kitchen. English Folklore and Traditions for the Holidays. Interspersed throughout are twinklings of my own artwork and this one even has several photographs of the food included. Inspiring Quotes, Free Printables and everything you need to know about the Christmas Celebrations in an English Kitchen.
Available for the same low price as my previous cook-booklets at only £5, this delightful little booklet will be delivered within 24 hours of receipt of your payment as a downloadable PDF, printable booklet. All who have purchased my past booklets, and this one have been well pleased, and when my readers are happy . . . that makes me happy too!!
For more information and a buy now button, please look up at my upper right hand column of this page. Grab one while you can as it will be very much a time limited offer. This would make a great gift for your friends or family, and I am more than willing to send it to anyone you wish for me to send it to, along with a gift e-card greeting of my own design.