Traditional Semlor (Swedish Lent Bun)

Traditional Semlor (Swedish Lent Bun)

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Emily

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"This is one of the most famous desserts in Sweden, along with some neighboring countries! It is traditionally made with whipped cream and almond paste, but there are also versions with rasberry jam, nutella, and more."

Difficulty

Easy 👌

Preparation

30 min

Baking

15 min

Resting

90 min

Ingredients

2Servings
62½ g
flour
¼ tsp
active dry yeast
g
sugar
15 ml
milk
ml
heavy cream
tsp
salt
tsp
ground cardamom
14⅜ ml
water
egg
egg (for coating)
tsp
heavy cream (for coating)
12½ g
whipped cream (for decorating)
12½ g
marzipan (for decorating)
g
confectioner’s sugar (for dusting)

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  • Step 1/8

    • ¼ tsp active dry yeast
    • 15 ml milk
    • ml heavy cream

    Warm the milk and cream in a bowl to lukewarm. Add yeast and wait five minutes until bloomed. In the meantime, mix the dry ingredients.

  • Step 2/8

    • 62½ g flour
    • g active dry yeast
    • tsp salt
    • tsp ground cardamom

    Combine the flour, sugar, cardamom, and salt in a large bowl.

  • Step 3/8

    • 14⅜ ml water
    • egg

    Add in the bloomed yeast along with the rest of the ingredients: water and egg. Knead for 10 minutes until a smooth dough forms.

  • Step 4/8

    Wait at least one hour until the dough has nearly doubled (it will take longer in a cold kitchen). Put on a clean surface and divide into 12-16 balls. Place on a tray and allow to rise for another 30 minutes to an hour, until slightly puffy.

  • Step 5/8

    Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Make the egg wash and brush each bun lightly.
    • egg (for coating)
    • tsp heavy cream (for coating)

    Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Make the egg wash and brush each bun lightly.

  • Step 6/8

    Bake the buns for 12-18 minutes, depending on size. Medium size buns will take 15 minutes.

  • Step 7/8

    • 12½ g whipped cream (for decorating)
    • 12½ g marzipan (for decorating)

    Make the whipped cream and fill a piping bag. Let the buns cool for five minutes, then cut off the tops. Scoop out 1 tbsp of the dough and replace it with marzipan.

  • Step 8/8

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    • g confectioner’s sugar (for dusting)

    Pipe generous swirls of whipped cream atop the buns, then cover with the top of the bun. Dust with powdered sugar and serve!

  • Enjoy your meal!

    Traditional Semlor (Swedish Lent Bun)

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