Spicy Breakfast Buns with Cardamom

April the 26th is what the Danes call  Great Prayer Day or more loosely  General Prayer Day, “All Prayers” Day, Great Day of Prayers or Common Prayer Day, is a Danish holiday celebrated on the 4th Friday after Easter. It was a day for praying and fasting. You weren’t supposed to work and the people weren’t even allowed to made food or bake. All the bakeries were closed and therefore these buns were always made the day before because they tasted especially good when reheated the dag after. At one point the Danes had so many religious holidays for praying  that the king decided to consolidate all the days for praying into one day so that there could otherwise be used as productive working days, therefore, The Great Prayer Day. That was in 1686. Now there is only one day for praying and most of the shops are closed and the Danes have a free day making this a three day weekend. The Danes buy five million spicy breakfast buns with cardamom each year around this time, making that 9 out of 10 Danes eat these buns on this day or around this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Spicy Breakfast Buns  with Cardamom

 makes 16

4 oz../120 g butter

4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or 50 grams cake/fresh yeast)

1½ cups milk

1 egg

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. sugar

1 ½ tsp. ground cardamom

650 gram all-purpose flour (5 cups or 1 lb 7 oz)

4 tbsp. milk – for brushing

To make, melt butter and set aside to cool. 1½  Warm milk in microwave to 100-110 degrees F, add dry yeast to milk and let sit for 10 minutes.  Combine butter and milk/yeast mixture. Add  egg, salt, sugar and cardamom. Add flour in small increments until dough starts to come together (Note: you may not need all the flour). Place dough on a lightly floured surface and give it a quick needing to ensure it is homogeneous. Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a dry and clean tea towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Line a roasting pan  with parchment paper and set aside.

To form, place dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 16 equal portions, by first dividing the dough into half and then into halves again and so on. Shape dough pieces into balls by folding the edges under and into the center until they are round. The small opening at the bottom is placed down on the roasting pan. It is important that the ball of dough are placed close together. .  Cover the roasting pan  with tea towel and let them rise for 30 minutes. As they rise, they will start to grow together, this is what you want. Preheat oven to 200 ° C (390° F).

To bake, brush rolls with a little milk and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool. To serve  spicy bunsr, cut in half and toast them. Top with butter or jam. They can also be eaten with, cheese, cold cuts etc. !

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