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.
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.