Extract from Cook Yourself Happy - The Danish Way - by Caroline Fleming.
Every year my grandparents would come and stay with my sister Duddi and I when our parents went shooting around Europe for a month. The first thing Granny made as soon as she arrived was a ginormous portion of cinnamon buns. My sister and I would eat these every day when we got back from school, and also – if we were lucky – for breakfast. Granny baked these again just before she left and froze them in smaller batches, which is such a good idea as these buns truly are the most heavenly snack for children, both big and small.
For the buns:
500ml (18fl oz/2 cups) milk
125g (4½oz/1 cup) icing (confectioner’s) sugar
60g (2oz/¼ cup/½ stick) butter
50g (1¾oz/5 tbsp) fresh yeast
1kg (2¼lb/8 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra to dust
1 tsp ground cardamom
For the filling:
175g (6¼oz/¾ cup/1½ sticks) butter, softened
250g (9oz/1¼ cups) raw cane sugar
3 tbsp ground cinnamon
In a large saucepan, gently heat the milk until it is warm, not hot, then add the icing (confectioner’s) sugar and butter. Remove from the heat, stir to combine, then leave to cool.
Once cool, add the yeast and stir well, then slowly add the flour and cardamom, stirring well. Whisk the eggs, then add to the saucepan and stir well to combine. Remove the bun dough from the saucepan and knead well, then cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a dark place for 1 hour to rise.
Lightly flour your work surface. Roll the dough mixture out into a large rectangle about 1cm (½ inch) thick.
Mix the ingredients for the filling together, then spread the filling all over the top of the dough rectangle. Roll up, starting from one end, so that it resembles a jam roly-poly cake or Swiss roll, then cut into 2cm (¾ inch) thick slices. Spread the slices out on baking (parchment) paper on a baking tray (sheet) and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
Bake the cinnamon buns for 10–15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy warm from the oven, or cold, with a cup of tea or coffee. These also freeze well.
Cook Yourself Happy by Caroline Fleming.
Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group.
Photography by Lisa Linder.