Apple and Cinnamon Kanelbullar

Swedish Sticky Buns stuffed with Cinnamon-spiced Apple – yum!
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I feel like I’ve gone list-crazy the past few weeks. I’m either permanently attached to my notebook, or the list app on my phone (I’m OBSESSED with it). And it’s not because I’m one of those super organised “I don’t know how she does it” kind of girls – ha ha, I wish! Nope. It’s because I suddenly don’t seem to be in possession of a brain anymore. It’s gone. The majority of my brain cells seem to have gone on strike during working hours, not that it matters because most of the time I’m way too tired to engage those that have stuck around in solidarity. The fact that I’m even stringing full sentences together right now is a miracle; baby brain is a very real thing. I’ve left my keys in the front door too many times to count, jumped my own train of thought between stations, burnt boiled eggs (oh yes, that’s actually possible), forgotten names (I’m usually so good with names!) and left that thing upstairs that I was going to use for the um… something or other, waaay too many times to count. Counting? Forget it. If I didn’t have my list app and notebook to remind me how to function, then I’d be completely useless.

I’m sure there was supposed to be a clever segway into Cinnamon Buns leading on from that, but I’ve lost it. Oh well. 5 weeks to go, and counting.

Thank God I took the time to scribble this recipe down in detail in my notebook is all I’m gon’ say, because it’s a keeper. Cinnamon Buns just happen to be my absolute favourite of the sticky, sweet bun species; I’ve been working on a recipe for the perfect, fluffy enriched dough for a while now and I’ve finally found The One. It makes a cracking batch of traditional cinnamon buns, sure, but add some stewed apple into the mix and plait them into a traditional Swedish Kanelbullar and they’re even better. It just so happens that the apple tree in my back garden has delivered the goods yet again this year – so there’ll be plenty of batches of these babies to come over the next few weeks. Who needs a brain when you’ve got buns, hun?

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Apple and Cinnamon Kanelbullar

makes 9
Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 250ml full fat milk
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 75g butter
  • 400g plain flour
  • 15g dried active yeast
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 200g diced apples (any variety other than cooking will do)
  • 20g caster sugar

To finish:

  • Egg wash (1 small egg and 1 tbsp water)
  • Sugar syrup (35g caster sugar, 4 tbsp water)
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Method
  1. Combine the milk and butter in a microwaveable bowl and gently heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sugar and cardamom and then leave to cool for 1 minute (ideally you want the temperature to drop to between 32˚C and 35˚C). Once cooled, stir in the yeast and then leave for 10 minutes to allow it to activate.
  3. Stir in the flour and salt then knead for at least 10 minutes either by hand or in a stand mixer with a dough hook until you have a soft and springy dough (it’ll be sticky to begin with, but persevere!). Cover with a cloth, then leave the dough somewhere warm to prove for about an hour.
  4. Whilst the dough is proving, make the filling. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, then gently allow to come together over a low heat. The butter and sugars should melt and combine, and the apples should soften. For a smooth, paste-like filling, feel free to either mash or blitz it in a blender – or leave it if you’re happy with more of a chunky filling. Set aside to cool.
  5. Once the dough has doubled in size, knock it back and then roll it out into a rectangle that’s about half a centimetre thick. Spread the cooled apple and cinnamon filling right to the corners, then fold one of the long edges into the centre of the rectangle. Fold the opposite long edge into the middle, slightly overlapping the other one. Slice the folded rectangle from long edge to long edge into 9 equal slices. If you’re a fan of traditional cinnamon rolls, then simply roll each slice – or if you want them to look more like the knots above then you’re going to need to flatten out each slice, slice into three strands, plait, and then roll.
  6. Pop the buns into a lightly greased muffin tin, cover with clingfilm and then leave to prove for another hour.
  7. Heat your oven up to 220C, coat the buns in a light egg wash, and then bake for 12 minutes. Whilst still warm, brush with sugar syrup – then leave to cool.
  8. You can just leave them right there, but once they were completely cool I decided to add an extra sticky maple glaze and a few scattered chopped nuts (…does wonders covering up a messy plait!).

Have a lovely week everyone!  💛 💛 💛

Biscoff Buns

My love for Cinnamon Buns isn’t exactly a secret.  I treat myself to one after I’ve done my weekly food shop – or at least I used to, until the Tesco bakery decided to stuff their buns with raisins.  Ugh!  For the record, I don’t mind raisins at all – I just don’t want them anywhere near my buns, hun.  I’m a purist, what can I say?  (Although, clearly not that much of a purist since this whole post is about me meddling around with the basic cinnamon bun recipe!)  So I decided to make my own Cinnamon Buns, and I wondered, how can I make them even better?

Another weekly shop treat of mine is a pack of Biscoff Biscuits – which barely last two days let alone the rest of the week (I mean they’ve literally got the word “Scoff” in their name).  I’ve even got a jar of Biscoff Spread in my cupboard, a dollop of which usually finds its way into my morning bowl of porridge.  So hey, I thought, why not work a dollop of the stuff into a Cinnamon Bun?  Why not, eh?

Biscoff Buns (makes 6)

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 100ml warm milk
  • 1 tsp of active yeast
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 25g butter (melted)
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 25g brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Biscoff Spread
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

For the frosting:

  • 100g icing sugar mixed with a little water to make a drizzle
  • A couple of crumbled Biscoff biscuits.
  1. Activate your yeast by sprinkling it over your warm milk and then leave for 15 minutes.  When you come back, the milk should be foamy on top – a sign that the yeast is read to go!
  2. Pour in the caster sugar, egg and melted butter (make sure it’s cooled slightly otherwise it’ll scramble your egg!) and mix.  Next, stir in your flour until everything comes together to form a sticky dough.
  3. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, then leave to prove in an oily bowl for at least an hour.
  4. After an hour, knock back the dough and roll it out into a thin rectangle.  Spread the Biscoff spread over the dough, leaving about an inch gap around the outside.  Sprinkle the brown sugar and ground cinnamon on top, then roll it.  Cut the dough into six equal rounds, then arrange on a baking tray (I used a circular cake tin to create a tear and share kind of bun 🙂 )  Cover with cling film and leave to prove for another hour.
  5. Set your oven to 170 and then bake the buns for 30 minutes.
  6. Drizzle, sprinkle with the crushed biscuits and then serve warm.

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Anyone got any baking planned this weekend?  What are you making? ♡

Iced Buns

I’ve said it before, but I don’t subscribe to the whole New Year, New You thing.  The closest I got to a “new me” was getting my hair trimmed last week and that was only because it was long overdue (even my split ends had split ends… yeah…).  But as for changing what’s on my plate just because it’s January?  Nope.  My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun.

These iced buns are hilariously easy to make.  They don’t have to be perfect; in fact the weirder the shape and the more icing dribbling down the side the better in my opinion 😉

Iced Buns

Ingredients

  • 125ml milk
  • 50g butter
  • 1/2 a packet of instant yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 20g sugar
  • 225g strong white flour
  • icing (icing sugar and water)
  1. Heat the milk until warm, then remove from the heat and add the butter.  Allow it melt into the milk and then cool to lukewarm.
  2. Once the milk and butter have combined and cooled slightly, pour them into the bread machine/mixing bowl.  Add the dry ingredients on top.  If you’re using a bread machine, set it to the dough programme (number 6 on mine).
  3. Once the dough is done separate into four finger-shaped buns, cover with cling film and allow to rest until they’ve doubled in size.
  4. Cook in a preheated oven (180°C) for around twenty minutes or until golden brown.  Be sure to turn them once or twice to get an even colour!
  5. Ice the buns – the messier and sticker the better 🙂