I cannot believe that 2013 is over and we are entering yet another exciting year. The past year had been full of experiences (good and bad) and as always these are something that makes me become a better person. Hoping that the coming year is as exciting and cheerful as it had been in the past and wishing all my dears and nears a very Happy Healthy and Cheerful Year ahead!
How about some aromatic Cinnamon rolls for the morning of the New Year? The lingering smell of cinnamon and cardamom will remind you of these delicious rolls for the rest of the day. I am a part of the baking group called We Knead to Bake, where we successfully completed baking bread a month for the whole year of 2013. We are going to continue this journey into 2014 and I am so excited to see what we will be baking for the whole year. Out of the 12 breads, I have been unable to bake three. This roll was the bread for the month of November. I was unable to do it that month, so I found this perfect opportunity to bake it now.
This Swedish version (and probably the original version) of the American cinnamon rolls is less sticky and not as sweet. This involves the use of an overnight starter and hence takes a little planning to make. These are very aromatic with the cardamom in the dough and cinnamon in the filling. These are perfect as a snack in the evenings with a cup of coffee. Also these freeze very well. So make the whole batch and freeze them. When you need a couple, just take it out of the freezer and warm it up in the microwave. There is couple of videos that I followed to shape the rolls. I made two different shapes, one an easy roll and the other a slightly complicated bun.
I have adapted the recipe from Aparna’s blog and the recipe was perfect. Do try the different shapes to have some fun in the kitchen.
Ingredients to make Kanel Snegle/Kanelbullar – Swedish Cinnamon Snails/Rolls – Makes about 30 small rolls/snails
For the starter –
- Warm Milk – 1 cup
- Instant yeast – 2 tsp
- All purpose flour – 2 cups
For the dough –
- All of the starter
- All Purpose flour – 2 cups
- Salt – 1 ½ tsp
- Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
- Lemon zest – 2 tsp
- Caster Sugar – 1/3 cup
- Unsalted Butter – 60 gms (room temperature and softened)
For the filling –
- Unsalted Butter – 75 gms (softened at room temperature)
- Light brown sugar – ½ cup (loosely packed)
- Cinnamon – 2 tsp
For the topping –
- Milk – ¼ cup
- Large crystal sugar or pearl sugar or any kind of fancy sugar – for sprinkling
Procedure to make Kanel Snegle/Kanelbullar – Swedish Cinnamon Snails/Rolls –
Day 1 –
- Mix all the ingredients mentioned for the starter and make it into sticky dough. Place the starter dough in a large greased bowl and loosely cover the bowl. Refrigerate the dough overnight. Do make sure that you place the starter in a large bowl since it will rise quite a bit.
Day 2 –
- Take the starter out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you begin to make the rolls. I used my stand mixer to make the dough. You could use the same or the food processor or make the dough by hand.
- Tear the starter dough into large piece and add it to the mixer bowl. Sift the remaining flour, salt and cardamom powder into a bowl and add this to the mixer bowl. To this add the lemon zest and sugar and mix it until well mixed.
- Now add the softened butter and knead the dough well until you have smooth and elastic dough. My dough felt a little dry, so added about 4 tbsp of milk to get the right consistency. Do the same depending on how the dough is. If the dough is little bit on the sticky side, add a tbsp or so of flour to get the right consistency.
Make the filling –
- Combine all the ingredients mentioned for the filling into a smooth paste using a fork or a spoon and keep it ready.
- I made two different shapes with the dough, so I divided the dough into 2 and used it. When working with one half, keep the other half covered so that it does not dry up.
Cinnamon Rolls –
Roll one half of the dough into a 10” by 14” rectangle. Spread one half of the filling evenly over the rectangle. Tightly roll the dough Jelly/Swiss roll style and then cut it into about ½ inch thick slices. Place these cut side down on cupcake liners and place them on a baking tray.
Twisted buns –
With the remaining half of the dough roll it out into a rectangle. Spread the remaining half of the filling in the rectangle evenly. Fold the dough into third and then fold it over again. Now cut them into ½ inch thick strips. Pull the strip gently and then twist between your fingers to form a tight bun. This video would help you to make the buns. Place these buns also in the cupcake liners and lay them on the baking tray.
- Let the prepared buns and rolls rise for about 10-15 minutes. They will look a little puffy but would not rise too much. Brush them with milk and sprinkle the large sugar crystals over them.
- Bake them in a preheated 400 F oven for about 15 minutes are until they are light brown and sounds
- hollow when tapped. I doubled my baking tray to prevent the bottom of the buns from browning too quickly.
- Cool the baked rolls on a cooling tray. Serve them slightly warm.