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A Swedish Christmas Recipe

This is a typical Swedish recipe passed to me through my mum, who baked loads of stuff at Christmas. It makes really nice sweet bread that goes a treat with coffee especially on Christmas morning. The cardamom adds a hint of lemony fragrance.

Vätebröd - Swedish Buns - makes 24 buns or 2 loaves.
 
Ingredients:
25 g Fresh yeast or 15 g of dried

70 g butter

2 1/2 dl of milk

1/4 tsp of salt

1 dl of sugar

1 tsp ground cardamom

425 g flour (Strong white)
 

(if using dried yeast use tepid water as on packet)
 

Break up yeast in a bowl.  Melt butter in a pan and add the milk and warm gently.  (Finger temp)

Mix yeast with a little of the liquid.  Then add the rest of the liquid.  Add salt, sugar, cardamom and nearly all the flour through a sieve in stages.  Save some flour for kneading dough.  Work dough in bowl.  Let rest to rise in bowl for 30 mins.  Covered in warm place.

Put the dough onto a floured board and knead it until smooth.  

Either divide dough into two if making loaves or plaits or make little buns. 

Leave to rise for another 30 mins.  Then brush a little beaten egg over and top with granulated sugar and finely chopped almonds or hazelnuts. 

Bake in oven (temp 180 C) for 5-7 mins.  (If loaf 15 -20 mins at 180C).

 This recipe works for me! You may wish to alter the individual quantities to ensure that the dough rises.


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