Traditional Semlor (Swedish Lent Bun)

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Difficulty

Easy 👌
30
min.
Preparation
15
min.
Baking
90
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-16+
500 g flour
2 tsp active dry yeast
70 g sugar
120 ml milk
70 ml heavy cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
115 ml water
egg
egg (for coating)
1 tsp heavy cream (for coating)
100 g whipped cream (for decorating)
100 g marzipan (for decorating)
50 g confectioner’s sugar (for dusting)
  • Step 1/8

    • 2 tsp active dry yeast
    • 120 ml milk
    • 70 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

    • 500 g flour
    • 70 g active dry yeast
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground cardamom

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

  • Step 3/8

    • 115 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)
    • 1 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

    • 100 g whipped cream (for decorating)
    • 100 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

    • 50 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!

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