Monday, December 5, 2016

Swedish Saffron Buns

Oh how lovely to see you enjoyed my premier My Rose Valley video about making Swedish Saffron Buns. THANK YOU for all your fabulous feed back. It makes me so happy that the message of warmth and joy came through those blurry takes and cuts. It is a forever treasured memory in my heart.

Today is going to be a busy day, but before I run off to work and duties I'll share my recipe of making these wonderful Saffron Buns. Happy baking! 

Swedish Saffron Buns
(About 30 buns)

175 g (6oz) unsalted butter
5 dl (2 cups) milk
50 g (1 3/4 oz) fresh yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 dl (3/4 cup) sugar
1 g ground saffron
1 egg, beaten (optional)
1-1 1/2 liters (6 1/2 cups) all-purpous flour

For baking and garnish:
Wax paper and baking trays
1 egg, beaten, for brushing
A handful of raisins for decoration or pearled sugar

1. Mix a tablespoon of sugar with your saffron strands and grind together in a mortar.

2. Melt butter, add milk and heat to 37˚C (98˚F).

3. Crumble yeast into some of the milk mixture and stir until dissolved.

4. Add remaining liquid, salt, sugar, saffron & sugar mix from mortar and the beaten egg (optional).

5. Add flour until dough comes off the edges of the bowl.
Knead dough gently before leaving it in a floured/buttered bowl.
TIPS! I stir in flour with a baking spoon at first until dough is starting to form, then I knead it lightly. Do not over knead the dough! Just a few turns is enough to settle it into a nice ball.
Dough shouldn't be dry, more on the sticky wet side for best result.

6. Sprinkle dough with flour, cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in size for 30 - 45 minutes.

7. Tip dough out on your baking table. Don't knead the dough.
Cut pieces directly from your risen dough to form into Saffron Buns.
See my Swedish Saffron Buns video for how to create the traditional shape.
Place on baking trays.
Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

8. Preheat oven to 225˚C (425˚F).
Brush buns with beaten egg, garnish with raisins or pearled sugar.
Bake buns for 5-10 minutes in the middle of your oven.
Let cool before serving.

Bon Appetit!



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  1. I just saw your vídeo today and it´s so good!!! Really, congratulations ;)

  2. Oh how I love your christmas banner!

  3. I just watched your video...omg, so beautiful, it's made me feel incredibly Christmassy! Thanks for the recipe, will be giving this a go at the weekend.

  4. You are very sweet and open hearted - that is why I like you so much. Your video was really nice, my daughter also thought so, I am going through hard times right now and seeing 'normality' is a great help. Putting nice things out into the world is always a good use of time and energy and you never know who it will make a difference to. So taking pictures of a cup of coffee and a bun may well be cheering some one up this Christmas.

  5. Just watched your video. What a lovely treat! It put me in the Christmas spirit and this year that's saying a lot!!!
    Thank you for making the effort.
    Linda Nichols

  6. Such a sweet video! There was another saffron bun post on IG within seconds of yours. Enough though it was 32˚C today with a hot, rough wind now, we might make saffron buns in SA!


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