Scandinavian Cardamom Buns

It’s not your average cinnamon roll, but make this recipe and there might be a new tradition in your home.

Erin Mylroie shares how to make Scandinavian cardamom buns.

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Scandinavian Cardamom Buns
1 and 1/4 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons yeast
For filling
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For topping
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons water
Pearl sugar, for sprinkling, or sliced almonds

In a large bowl, heat milk and butter in the microwave for 35 seconds. Stir in the sugar. Add the flour, salt, and yeast. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to come together. Sprinkle a work surface with flour. Move the dough to the work surface and knead for a few minutes, or until you can roll the dough into a smooth ball. Place into a greased bowl and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling by combining the butter, brown sugar, cardamom, and cinnamon. Cut the dough into two pieces. Roll each piece into a rectangle, about 9 by 12 inches. Spread half of the butter mixture on one rectangle. Fold up the dough into thirds, like folding an envelope. Roll out the dough again to stretch it slightly. Cut the dough into eight long strips. Twist the strips a few times and then tie into a little knot, tucking the ends underneath. Place the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining dough. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

While the rolls are rising, prepare the topping by heating the brown sugar and water over medium high heat until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar is dissolved. Just before baking, brush the rolls with the brown sugar syrup and sprinkle with pearl sugar or almonds. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with any remaining syrup.

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