Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Semla - Workshop and Swedish International Dinner

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup and 2 tablespoons warm milk (70 to 80 degrees F)
3/4 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons milk, or as needed
1/4 pound almond paste
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons white sugar
confectioners' sugar for dusting
1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs with butter and milk. Sprinkle yeast overtop and allow to soften for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, sift together flour with sugar, salt, and ground cardamom. Once yeast has softened, stir flour mixture into milk mixture until a soft dough forms. Cover bowl with a towel, and allow to rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes.
2. Add in second measurement of flour and baking powder. Form into 12 balls (or 24 if you'd like smaller semlor) and place onto greased baking sheets. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, 35 to 40 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

4. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown and the center has firmed. Cool buns on a wire rack to room temperature.

5. Once cool, cut a slice about 1/2 inch thick off of the top of the bun and set aside. Scoop or cut out the center of the buns, leaving a shell about 1/2 inch thick. Tear the removed bread into small pieces and place into a bowl.

Moisten the bread with milk, then mix in almond paste until smooth. Add additional milk if needed until the almond paste filling is nearly as soft as pudding.

6. Fill each shell with a spoonful of almond paste filling. Pipe whipped cream on top of the filling to 1/2 inch over the top of the bun. Replace the tops onto the buns, and dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.

The ones made in class had cocoa added to the dry ingredients. The ones served at the dinner had a rose hip tea added to the almond paste.

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