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Try something new for Fastelavn


 

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Picture borrowed from here

Swedes love their traditional pastries, and no pastry is as Swedish as the Semla. The classic Semla consists of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun where the top has been cut off, The inside of the bun is filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top serves as a lid, and to top it off the bun is dusted with powdered sugar.

Here is a classic Semla
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As you might imagine, this is not a very “on the go”-friendly pastry, and therefore the famous Mathias Ljungberg at Tösse bakery in Stockholm has reinvented it – creating the Semel Wrap! This is essentially the same ingredients, but made into a wrap instead of a bun. It’s new, fresh, modern, and practical on the go! After lauching the Semel Wrap its popularity has been crazy, and they make them in the thousands! Still, there is a line constantly at Tösse bakery with people wanting to taste the new Semel Wrap.

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Picture borrowed from here

For those of my readers not located in Stockholm, you can try making it yourself! Here is the recipe!

This Sunday we celebrate Fastelavn, and my husband and I will try making the Semel Wrap – I’m excited!

Do you celebrate Fastelavn? What is your traditions?

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Matthew Williamson and Cinnamon Buns


Your probably wondering what I’m talking about – so let me fill you in:

As you all probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and therefore the Swedish clothing company Lindex has cooperated with the wonderful designer Matthew Williamson to make an exclusive designer collection. And best of all – shopping the collection really can be seen as a good deed: 10 % of the price goes to research for breast cancer! So shop away! But I warn you – be there early, it’s complete chaos in the stores!

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Personally I’ve managed to get a hold of the floral dress in the middle picture – so happy! Great tip: shop online, and avoid the chaos!

So, what about the Cinnamon Bun?

As I’ve told you before, my dear husband is Swedish, and in Sweden they take their pastries very seriously. So, October 4th is also known as the Day of the Cinnamon bun (Kanelbullens Dag in Swedish). Sweden is thought to be the country where the Cinnamon Bun first was invented, so of course this deserves a celebration!

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Therefore, I thought I would share my favourite Cinnamon Bun Recipe with you – from Leila Lindholm (check her out, she makes the most wonderful cakes and pastries):

The recipe gives you approximately 18 buns

1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
2 cups milk
1 cup whipping cream
50g fresh yeast (the blue version)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
100g soft butter
1 Organic eggs
Approximately 11 cups bread flour

200g soft butter (plenty wide)
1 cup raw sugar
1-2 tbsp cinnamon
Eggs for brushing
1/2 cup syrup + 1 tbsp water
Sugar and mortlad cardamom to garnish (after baking)

Crush cardamom seeds finely in a mortar. Crumble the yeast into a bowl and dissolve it with cold milk, cream, granulated sugar, salt, butter and eggs. Add a little flour at a time and work together until the dough in the machine begins to drop from the edge of the bowl. Knead for at least 20 minutes. Let the dough rise in the bowl under a cloth until doubled in size in about 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and gently press out (without kneading it) to an rectangular plate, about 2 cm thick.
Spread the butter over the dough and sprinkle with raw sugar – mixed with vanilla seeds (if you have) and dust with cinnamon.
Fold the dough into a folded sheet and cut a piece that you then cut a slit in so it looks like a pair of pants. Twist “legs” and swirl together into a knot. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper with the ends down (in the corner).
Allow to rise under a cloth until doubled in size (about 45 minutes).
Brush the buns with beaten egg. Bake the buns in the middle of the oven for about 10 minutes.
Brush them with syrup, mixed with a little water and sprinkle directly over the granulated sugar mixed with crushed cardemum.

Enjoy these wonderful cinnamon buns on their celebratory day:)